Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff, 1875)

Gomez, Demian F., Rabaglia, Robert J., Fairbanks, Katherine E. O. & Hulcr, Jiri, 2018, North American Xyleborini north of Mexico: a review and key to genera and species (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Scolytinae), ZooKeys 768, pp. 19-68: 45

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Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff, 1875)


Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff, 1875)  Fig. 19

Xyleborus compactus  Eichhoff, 1875.

Xyleborus morstatti  Hagedorn, 1912. Synonymy Murayama and Kalshoven 1962.

Type material.

Syntypes female; Japan; ZMUH, lost. 1 syntype Schedl Collection NHMW.


Africa; Asia; North America (introduced): Antilles, United States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas; Oceania (introduced); South America: Brazil, Fr. Guiana, Peru, Trinidad.


Commonly known as the black twig borer, X. compactus  was first collected in the US at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1941 ( Wood 1982). It attacks healthy twigs of living trees and shrubs in the southeastern United States. Distinguished by the small size, the black color, and the shining declivity.