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Genus Xyloryctes - Rhinoceros Beetles

Rhinoceros Beetle - Xyloryctes jamaicensis - male Unidentified Beetle - Xyloryctes thestalus Bedford County beetle - Xyloryctes jamaicensis Coleoptera - Xyloryctes jamaicensis   - Xyloryctes jamaicensis - male Black Beetle - Xyloryctes jamaicensis Black Beetle - Xyloryctes jamaicensis UID Geotrupidae - Xyloryctes jamaicensis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Dynastinae (Rhinoceros Beetles)
Tribe Oryctini
Genus Xyloryctes (Rhinoceros Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xyloryctes Hope, 1837.
Explanation of Names
Xyloryctes - Greek for 'wood digger' (1).
Numbers
2 spp. n. of Mex. (2) (per Ratcliffe's examination of more than 2,000 specimens of X. thestalus and X. jamaicensis from numerous North American research collections.)
Range
Xyloryctes jamaicensis - e. US, to Texas
Xyloryctes thestalus - UT-AZ-w.TX, south to Guatemala (2)
Remarks
The decline of Fraxinus spp., the food plant of Xyloryctes species, as a result of damage caused by the introduced emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire; Buprestidae) in the US might portend a similar decline for Xyloryctes species in North America. (2)
Print References
Bitar, A & L. Delgado. 2009. A new species of Xyloryctes Hope (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from Guatemala, with a key to the species. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 63(2): 213-217.
Harpootlian, p. 112 (3)
Ratcliffe and Paulsen, pp. 460-462, fig. 639 (4)
Works Cited
1.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
2.Xyloryctes Hope, 1837 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini) in the United States. Qui es et ubi fuisti et quo vadis?
Ratcliffe, B.C. 2009. Insecta Mundi 0100: 1-11.
3.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
4.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.