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Species Cosmopolites sordidus - Banana Root Borer

Cosmopolites sordidus Cosmopolites sordidus
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 Dryophthorinae
Tribe Rhynchophorini
Subtribe Sphenophorina
Genus Cosmopolites
Species sordidus (Banana Root Borer)
Explanation of Names
Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar 1824)
~11 mm[Cite:185010]
nearly all banana-growing areas of the world[Cite:185010]; adventive in NA (FL)(1)
associated with banana trees (Musa sapientum), larvae mine stem & corm(1)
one of the most serious insect pests of bananas; earliest record in our area: FL 1917[Cite:185010]
Internet References
Fact sheet (Woodruff & Fasulo 2006-2012)[Cite:185010]
Works Cited
1.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.