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Genus Coccotrypes - Palm Seed Borers

Cute beetle with cute antennae - Coccotrypes small beetle - Coccotrypes Coccotrypes distinctus (Motschulsky) - Coccotrypes distinctus Coccotrypes dactyliperda Coccotrypes cyperi Coccotrypes cyperi florida scoly - Coccotrypes distinctus Possibly Family Curculionidae Hypothenemus sp. - Coccotrypes
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
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)
1.2–2.5 mm(1)
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)
Mostly large seeds, few spp. under bark(3)
Seeds, bark(3)
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.