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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

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

Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus) (CABI)

Common Name: 
Coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB), Asiatic rhinoceros beetle
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)


DOI. Office of Insular Affairs.

U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $942,206 in fiscal year (FY) 2020 Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative grants to eradicate and control the spread of invasive species in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), as well as in the Republic of Palau, and Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Funding will be used to introduce biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetles, control and eradicate feral cats and monitor lizards, and destroy wild vines, all of which are disruptive to ecological systems and impacting communities and livelihoods in the islands.

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.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; University of Guam. Sea Grant Program.

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.