Biology, ecology and distribution of the Date Stone Beetle, Coccotrypes dactyliperda (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

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This paper reviews the biology and ecology of the cryptic seed boring beetle Coccotrypes dactyliperda. Hibernating as an imago inside a seed, it can withstand mild winters, only to emerge in spring, spawning up to five generations during spring and summer. Coccotrypes dactyliperda is a comparatively long-lived Coleoptera species that has proven to be highly adaptable at infesting seeds of a wide range of palm species and thus was able to become naturalised in most subtropical and warm temperate environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages21
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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