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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

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Coconut rhinoceros beetle
Scientific Name:

Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus) (CABI)

Common Name:
Coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB), Asiatic rhinoceros beetle
Coconut rhinoceros beetle, adult (dorsal) - Photo by Pest and Diseases Image Library


  • USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

    ITP is pleased to announce the release of seven new screening aids for important Coleoptera and Lepidoptera pests. These were designed specifically to be used when examining traps or through visual inspection as part of surveys conducted by state cooperators for the APHIS PPQ Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program. CAPS surveys help officials monitor and gather data about pests on high-risk hosts and commodities, including pests that may have been recently introduced to the United States. The new screening aids are for city longhorn beetle, Agrilus of concern, pinecone and bamboo longhorn beetles, tomato fruit borers, coconut rhinoceros beetles, spruce longhorn beetles, and velvet longhorn beetle. All of ITP's CAPS screening aids can be found on the ITP website and on the CAPS Resource and Collaboration site Screening Aids page.
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    Recently, the health of coconut palms has come under severe threat. The Pacific Community (SPC), working with Pacific Island countries and territories, and development partners, is looking for ways to meet this threat before it devastates the hopes of economic progress in the region. In August of 2017 an alert was issued identifying a new danger to the Pacific, which is causing devastation to coconut palms and expanding rapidly across the region. The new threat comes from a longstanding adversary in the region: the rhinoceros beetle.

  • United States Department of the Interior.
    Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $409,885 to preserve natural and cultural resources and protect against invasive species on Guam. “We are especially pleased that Congress was able to provide some extra funding in FY 2017 to mitigate and control the coconut rhinoceros beetle and little fire ant on Guam,” said Pula. “All funding supports Governor Eddie Calvo’s efforts in protecting Guam’s natural resources now and for the future.”
Native To:

Tropical regions of Asia (Marshall et al. 2017)

Date of U.S. Introduction:

First discovered in Guam in 2007 and Hawaii in 2013 (Marshall et al. 2017)

Means of Introduction:

Most likely arrived on construction material imported from Asia (USDA 2008)


Damages and kills coconut and oil palms; has also been known to attack bananas, sugarcane, papayas, sisal, and pineapple (APHIS 2014; Marshall et al. 2017)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force


USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Tools, Apps, and Screening Aids for more identification resources
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. PestNet.

State and Local Government


University of Guam. College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Research and Extension.