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Amblypelta cocophaga
(coconut bug)

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Amblypelta cocophaga (coconut bug)

Summary

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  • 11 October 2017
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Amblypelta cocophaga
  • Preferred Common Name
  • coconut bug
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Identity

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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

EPPO code

  • AMBPCO (Amblypelta cocophaga)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Heteroptera
  •                             Family: Coreidae
  •                                 Genus: Amblypelta
  •                                     Species: Amblypelta cocophaga

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

Asia

SingaporePresentAPPPC, 1987

Oceania

FijiWidespreadEPPO, 2014
Papua New GuineaRestricted distributionAPPPC, 1987; EPPO, 2014
Solomon IslandsRestricted distributionChina, 1934; Brown, 1958; Lever and, 1981; EPPO, 2014

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / external feeding
Fruit / premature drop
Growing point / dieback
Stems / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Anastatus axiagasti Parasite Eggs
Gryon homoeoceri Parasite Solomon Islands Cocos nucifera
Oecophylla smaragdina Predator Eggs/Nymphs
Ooencyrtus papilionis Parasite Solomon Islands Cocos nucifera
Pentatomophaga bicincta Parasite Solomon Islands Cocos nucifera
Trichopoda pennipes Parasite Solomon Islands Cocos nucifera
Wasmannia auropunctata Predator

Plant Trade

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Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Bark
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes
Flowers/Inflorescences/Cones/Calyx
Fruits (inc. pods)
Growing medium accompanying plants
Leaves
Roots
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches
True seeds (inc. grain)
Wood

References

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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).

Bigger M, 1985. The effect of attack by Amblypelta cocophaga China (Hemiptera: Coreidae) on growth of Eucalyptus deglupta in the Solomon Islands. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 75(4):595-608

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

Ironside DA, 1978. Macadamia pests . . . fruit-spotting bug and banana-spotting bug. Queensland Agricultural Journal, 104(3):xiii-xvi

Kurian C; Abraham VA; Koya A, 1976. A new enemy of coconut in India. Indian Farming, 27(5):11-12

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.

Lohr B, 1992. The pugnacious ant, Anoplolepis custodiens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), and its beneficial effect on coconut production in Tanzania. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 82(2):213-218.

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.

Stapley JH, 1973. Insect pests of coconuts in the Pacific region. Outlook on Agriculture, 7(5):211-217

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, 1990. Amblypelta spp. (Hemiptera: Coreidae) and green fruit drop in lychees. Tropical Pest Management, 36(4):353-355

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.

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