Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Agrilus coxalis auroguttatus
Explanation of Names
Agrilus auroguttatus Schaeffer 1905
AZ, CA (introduced); Baja (1)(2)
coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), canyon live oak (Q. chrysolepis), and California black oak (Q. kelloggii).
Now considered a major cause of oak mortality in so. CA (3)
, almost identical in appearance, is found in Central Mexico and n. Guatemala (at some point A. auroguttatus
was treated as a subspecies of A. coxalis
It is a native of Mexico and Guatemala and was first detected in Arizona in late 1800's. It was not recognized as an invasive pest until 2008.(Pest tracker
Bellamy C.L. and H.A. Hespenheide (2009) New species, taxonomic notes, and records for Agrilus Curtis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) of México and the United States. Zootaxa 2084: 50-68.
Schaeffer C. (1905) Some additional new genera and species of Coleoptera found within the limit of the United States. Science Bulletin of the Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1(7): 141-179. Full text