TitleA fossil palm bruchid, Caryobruchus dominicanus sp n. (Pachymerini : Bruchidae) in Dominican amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalEntomologica Scandinavica
Volume30
Pagination219-224
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0013-8711
Abstract

The first fossil palm bruchid, Caryobruchus dominicanus sp. n. (Coleoptera; Bruchidae) is described from Dominican Republic amber. This species is closely related to extant Central American-West Indian members of the genus, all of which develop in the seeds of palms. Aside from providing indirect evidence of fan palms, especially those of the genus Sabal, in the original Dominican amber forest, the present find shows that seed predation by Caryobruchus spp. was established in the West Indies some 15-45 million years ago.

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