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Genus Coccotrypes - Palm Seed Borers

Coccotrypes distinctus, lateral view (Scolytinae, Dryocoetini) - Coccotrypes distinctus Scolytinae - Coccotrypes Coccotrypes advena - female Coccotrypes advena - female Coccotrypes cyperi florida scoly - Coccotrypes distinctus Possibly Family Curculionidae Hypothenemus sp. - Coccotrypes Hyothenemus sp. - Coccotrypes
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Scolytinae (Bark and Ambrosia Beetles)
Tribe Scolytini (Typical Bark Beetles)
Subtribe Dryocoetina
Genus Coccotrypes (Palm Seed Borers)
Explanation of Names
Coccotrypes Eichhoff 1878
Numbers
8 spp. in our area (all adventive), ~130 total(1)
not yet in the guide:
C. rhizophorae earliest record in our area: FL 1910(2)
C. rutschuruensis earliest record in our area: CA 1992(2)
C. vulgaris earliest record in our area: FL 1985(2)
Size
1.2–2.5 mm(1)
Range
circumtropical, esp. in SE Asia, Africa; adventive in our area through commerce: all present in FL and C. dactyliperda, across so. US (FL-TX-CA)(3)(1)
Habitat
Mostly large seeds, few spp. under bark(3)
Food
Seeds, bark(3)
Remarks
Females mate with dwarfed sibling males before they emerge to seek a new host. The group needs revision.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Mercado J.E. (2011) Bark beetle genera of the United States
2.Exotic bark and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in the United States: potential and current invaders
Haack R.A., Rabaglia R.J. 2013. In: Potential invasive pests of agricultural crops. Peña J.E., ed. CABI International, Wallingford, UK, pp. 48-74.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.