Xyleborus (beetle)

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Xyleborus dryographus (female)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Scolytinae
Tribe: Xyleborini
Genus: Xyleborus
Eichhoff, 1864

About 535, see text


Anaeretus Duges, 1887 Anisandrus Ferrari, 1867 Boroxylon Hopkins, 1915 Heteroborips Reitter, 1913 Mesoscolytus Broun, 1904 Notoxyleborus Schedl, 1934 Phloeotrogus Motschulsky, 1863 Progenius Blandford, 1896 Xyleborips Reitter, 1913

With over 500 species, Xyleborus is by far the largest ambrosia beetle genus in the tribe Xyleborini.[1]

Xyloborus nowadays includes a number of formerly independent genera. In addition, the genera Coptoborus, Cryptoxyleborus and Euwallacea are often included here, too; this may be correct, as they seem to be closely related. Less often, Ambrosiodmus, Premnobius and Xyleborinus are included in Xyleborus, but they seem to be well distinct; Premnobius might even not belong to the Xyleborini at all.

The different species can be best differentiated by the gallery burrows they build and the tree species they infest. A significant member, X. dispar, causes pear blight.

Selected species[1][edit]

X. dispar
X. monographus


  1. ^ a b MSU (2004)