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pineapple beetle

Scientific Name
Urophorus humeralis
Scientific Author
(Fabricius)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Carpophilinae)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Carpophilus humeralis is now placed in the genus Urophorus. The two genera can be separated as follows:

Urophorus - Three abdominal tergites (8-10) exposed in dorsal view; pronotal bead alkong lateral margin of pronotum apically twice as thick as on basal half.

Carpophilus - Two abdominal tergites (9-10) exposed, pronotal bead same thickness along entire lateral margin.

Adult body length 3.0-4.5mm; dorsum light brown to black with a reddish tinge, a small area on hemeri shining, sparsely covered with inconspicuous dark and light setae; antennae eleven segmented with distal three segments forming a club, antennal groves present; elytra shortened to expose two or three abdominal segments;  visible abdominal sternites 2-5 subequal; mesosternum behind prosternal process flat, with large coalesing punctures.

Sources:

 Ewing, C. (2005) The Coleopterists Bulletin 59(2): 167-183

Leschen, R. and J. Marris (2005). Carpophilus of New Zealand with notes on Australian species. Landcare Research Report.

 

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
08/06/2007 11:19 AEST
Last Updated
14/06/2007 16:05 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) pineapple beetle (Urophorus humeralis) Updated on 6/14/2007 4:05:42 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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