Phloeotribus (genus)

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Author(s): Udo Schmidt
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Phloeotribus Latreille, 1796

This genus of bark beetles contains around 150 species and has a world-wide distribution. Economically, the most important species is the olive bark beetle, Phloeotribus scarabaeoides, which is found in the Mediterranean region. It preferably attacks the stems of young olive shoots, with the larvae feeding on the phloem. The attacks can cause more than 50% crop losses.

The adult beetles of Phloeotribus are typically 2-3 mm long, with an elliptical shape and a dark brown to black colour. The funicle of the antennae has 5 segments and forms a pseudolamellate club.

Type species: Phloeotribus scarabaeoides

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: