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Agriotes obscurus
(dusky wire worm)



Agriotes obscurus (dusky wire worm)


  • Last modified
  • 27 March 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Agriotes obscurus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • dusky wire worm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Agriotes obscurus (Linnaeus)

Preferred Common Name

  • dusky wire worm

Other Scientific Names

  • Agriotes hirtellus (HERBST)

International Common Names

  • English: click beetle; dark click beetle; dusky wireworm; elaterid beetle, dark; wireworm, dusky
  • Spanish: agriote; elaterido oscuro; elatérido oscuro; gusano de alambre; gusano de alambre oscuro
  • French: taupin obscur; taupin obscur (m)

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: kornsmelder; mork kornsmælder
  • Finland: tumma viljaseppä
  • Germany: Schnellkaefer, Duesterer Humus-
  • Italy: Elaterio oscuro
  • Netherlands: Kniptor
  • Norway: mork kornsmeller
  • Sweden: mörk sädesknäppare

EPPO code

  • AGRIOB (Agriotes obscurus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Elateridae
  •                             Genus: Agriotes
  •                                 Species: Agriotes obscurus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

North America

CanadaRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
-British ColumbiaPresentEPPO, 2014
-Nova ScotiaPresentEPPO, 2014
-Prince Edward IslandPresentDouglas, 2011


AustriaWidespreadEPPO, 2014
BelgiumRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
Czech RepublicWidespreadEPPO, 2014
Czechoslovakia (former)WidespreadEPPO, 2014
DenmarkRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
EstoniaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
FinlandRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
Former USSRUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
FranceRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
GermanyRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
HungaryUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
ItalyRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
LatviaUnconfirmed record
LuxembourgRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
NetherlandsRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
PolandUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
PortugalRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
RomaniaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
Russian FederationRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
-Russia (Europe)PresentEPPO, 2014
-Russian Far EastPresentEPPO, 2014
-SiberiaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
SpainRestricted distributionEPPO, 2014
SwedenWidespreadEPPO, 2014
SwitzerlandWidespreadEPPO, 2014
UKUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
UkraineUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

Natural enemies

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