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Biology, ecology and distribution of the Date Stone Beetle, Coccotrypes dactyliperda (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
- Spennemann, Dirk H. R.
- Zoology in the Middle East 2019 v.65 no.2 pp. 163-182
- Curculionidae, ecology, imagos, seeds, spawning, spring, summer, winter
- 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.