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Species Lyctus africanus - African Powderpost Beetle

Lyctus africanus
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 Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Bostrichidae (Horned Powder-post Beetles)
Subfamily Lyctinae (Powder-post Beetles)
Tribe Lyctini
Genus Lyctus
Species africanus (African Powderpost Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Lyctus africanus Lesne 1907
2.5-4 mm(1)
native to Africa(2) or the Neotropics, now cosmopolitan, get readily established; in our area: NY-FL-AL + WA-CA(1); "may be endemic and restricted to the Oriental and Ethiopian regions"(3)
ginger roots; sapwood in field(2); often encountered at ports, infests food (licorice, papaya seeds, ginger roots, etc.), also hardwoods and mahogany plywood(3)
earliest record in our area: DC 1898(1)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the New World species of powder-post beetles belonging to the family Lyctidae.
Gerberg, E.J. 1957. USDA Technical Bulletin 1157: 1–55.
2.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.
3.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.