Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This beetle is from the Family of Scarabaeidae under genus of Oryctes. The species name is Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus, 1758)




This beetle has cephalic horn resemble to a rhino. The background color of body is dark brown. The size of  the body is about 45mm.

This beetle is considered as a pest for coconut plant. The adult feed by tunneling into the young coconut leaves. It can kill the coconut plant if the damage has reached the growing tip of coconut palm.

Taxonomy:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Coleoptera - Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga - Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Scarabaeoidea - Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles
Family : Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
Subfamily : Dynastinae - Rhinoceros Beetles
Tribe : Oryctini
Genus : Oryctes
Species: O. rhinoceros
Binomial name : Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus, 1758)

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_rhinoceros_beetle

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