Amblypelta cocophaga (coconut bug)
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IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Amblypelta cocophaga China
Preferred Common Name
- coconut bug
Other Scientific Names
- Amblypelta cocophaga cocophaga China
- Amblypelta cocophaga malaitensis
- Dasynus sp. Lever, 1933
International Common Names
- Spanish: chinche del cocotero
- French: punaise du cocotier
- AMBPCO (Amblypelta cocophaga)
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Metazoa
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Uniramia
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hemiptera
- Suborder: Heteroptera
- Family: Coreidae
- Genus: Amblypelta
- Species: Amblypelta cocophaga
Distribution TableTop of page
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.Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
|Continent/Country/Region||Distribution||Last Reported||Origin||First Reported||Invasive||Reference||Notes|
|Fiji||Present, Widespread||EPPO (2020)|
|Papua New Guinea||Present, Localized||APPPC (1987); EPPO (2020)|
|Solomon Islands||Present, Localized||CHINA (1934); BROWN (1958); EPPO (2020); CABI (Undated)|
Growth StagesTop of page Fruiting stage, Vegetative growing stage
List of Symptoms/SignsTop of page
|Fruit / external feeding|
|Fruit / premature drop|
|Growing point / dieback|
|Stems / external feeding|
Natural enemiesTop of page
|Natural enemy||Type||Life stages||Specificity||References||Biological control in||Biological control on|
|Gryon homoeoceri||Parasite||Solomon Islands||Cocos nucifera|
|Ooencyrtus papilionis||Parasite||Solomon Islands||Cocos nucifera|
|Pentatomophaga bicincta||Parasite||Solomon Islands||Cocos nucifera|
|Trichopoda pennipes||Parasite||Solomon Islands||Cocos nucifera|
Plant TradeTop of page
|Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport|
|Fruits (inc. pods)|
|Growing medium accompanying plants|
|Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches|
|True seeds (inc. grain)|
ReferencesTop of page
APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).
Brown ES, 1958. Revision of the genus Amblypelta Stsl (Hemiptera:Coreidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 49:509-541.
Brown ES, 1959. Immature nutfall of coconuts in the Solomon Islands. II. Changes in ant populations, and their relation to vegetation. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 50:97-113.
China WE, 1934. A new species of Coreidae (Heteroptera) injurious to coconut in the Solomon Islands. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 25:187-189.
EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm
Lever RA, 1981. New locality and host plant records of Amblypelta spp. (Hemiptera, Coreidae) with notes on early studies. Proceedings and Transactions of the British Entomological and Natural History Society, 14(3/4):112-114
Lever RJAW, 1933. Notes on two Hemipterous pests of the coconut in the British Solomon Islands. Agricultural Gazette of the British Solomon Islands, 1(3):2-6.
Lever RJAW, 1935. The green coconut bug, Amblypelta cocophaga China. Agricultural Gazette of the British Solomon Islands, 3(2):6-7.
Phillips JS, 1940. Immature nutfall of coconuts in the Solomon Islands. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 31:295-316.
Phillips JS, 1941. A search for parasites of dasynine bugs in the Netherlands Indies. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London, 91:119-144.
Phillips JS, 1956. Immature nutfall of coconuts in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 47:575-595.
Stsl C, 1873. Enumeratio Hemipterorum. 3. Kongliga. svenska vetenskapsakademiens handlingar, 11:1-163.
Szent-Ivany JJH; Catley A, 1960. The Papua and New Guinea Agricultural Journal, 13:59-65.
Tothill JD, 1929. A reconnaissance survey of agricultural conditions in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. Suva, Fiji.
Vanderplank FL, 1958. Studies on the coconut pest, Pseudotheraptus wayi Brown (Coreidae), in Zanzibar. 1. A method of assessing the damage caused by the insect. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 49:559-584.
Vanderplank FL, 1959. Studies on the coconut pest, Pseudotheraptus wayi Brown (Coreidae), in Zanzibar. II. - Some data on the yields of coconuts in relation to damage caused by the insect. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 50:135-149.
Waite GK; Huwer RK, 1998. Host plants and their role in the ecology of the fruitspotting bugs Amblypelta nitida St+l and Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Distant) (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Australian Journal of Entomology, 37(4):340-349; 23 ref.
Way MJ, 1953. The relationship between certain ant species with particular reference to biological control of the coreid, Theraptus sp. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 44:669-691.
APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. In: Technical Document No. 135, Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).
CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI
CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI
Distribution MapsTop of page
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