Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus) (CABI)
Coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB), Asiatic rhinoceros beetle
Tropical regions of Asia (Marshall et al. 2017)
First discovered in Guam in 2007 and Hawaii in 2013 (Marshall et al. 2017)
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
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
APHIS. 2014. Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response Program on Oahu: Environmental Assessment [PDF, 706 KB]. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Oryctes rhinoceros. CAB International. [Accessed Sep 18, 2023].
Marshall, SD.G, A. Moore, M. Vaqalo, A. Noble, and T.A. Jackson. 2017. A new haplotype of the coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, has escaped biological control by Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus and is invading Pacific Islands. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 149:127-134.
U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2008. Early Detection Pest Risk Assessment: Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle [PDF , 946 KB] USDA Forest Service. Publication R5-FHP-2008-01.