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Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus) (Indian rhinoceros beetle)
attacks the developing fronds of coconut, oil - and other palms in tropical Asia and a number of Pacific islands. Damaged fronds show typical triangular cuts. The beetle kills the palms (particularly newly planted ones) when the growing point is destroyed during feeding. The larvae do not damage crops and breed in dead, decaying trunks.
Successful microbial control has been achieved using the Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus.
For more details see the respective page in Wikipedia.
|• Deutsch:||Indischer Nashornkäfer|
|• English:||Indian rhinoceros beetle, coconut rhinoceros beetle|
The literature database currently contains 26 publications for Oryctes rhinoceros.
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