Oryzaephilus surinamensis


Oryzaephilus surinamensis
Oryzaephilus surinamensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Silvanidae
Genus: Oryzaephilus
Species: O. surinamensis
Binomial name
Oryzaephilus surinamensis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The sawtoothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis, is a slender, dark brown beetle 2.4–3 mm in size, with characteristic "teeth" running down the side of the prothorax. The sawtoothed grain beetle is a primary pest, in the UK, that attacks damaged grain. Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist who defined taxonomic arrangements for the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms acquired samples of the sawtoothed grain beetle from Suriname (Dutch Guiana) and named the species "Oryzaephilus surinamensis" because of this. (It is Latin for "rice-lover from Surinam".)

A relative of the sawtoothed grain beetle of the same genus, the merchant grain beetle, is more likely to be found in domestic dwellings since it requires higher more stable temperatures and can be found infesting biscuits and fruit and nut products. The adults can fly but rarely do. They can be differentiated by looking at the distance of the eye to the prothorax: with the merchant grain beetle it is less than half the vertical diameter of the eye.

The sawtoothed grain beetle lays its eggs loosely on foodstuffs at the rate of 6–10 per day, with total being 370 per female. The larvae are to be found within the mass of the foodstuff in the top centimetre or two. As mentioned above damaged cereal is entered through broken kernels, and the larvae feed on the germ, causing damage by reducing the percentage of grains which will germinate.

The total life cycle is 20–80 days at 18–37 °C (64–99 °F).

The sawtoothed grain beetle can survive in unheated warehouses in the UK, and is considered the most important pest of home grown grain in the UK. The beetles survive the winter hiding in cracks and infest new stocks of grain the following year. Both insects are distributed throughout the world and regularly imported into the UK in unprocessed cereals, oil cakes, and from grains from other stores.

Treatment in bulk storage situations normally is carried out by fumigation, and in domestic situations finding the infested material, disposing of it and carrying out a residual spray to kill off stragglers.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oryzaephilus surinamensis — Getreideplattkäfer Systematik Überklasse: Sechsfüßer (Hexapoda) Klasse: Insekten (Insecta) Ordnung: Käfer (Coleoptera) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ORYZAEPHILUS SURINAMENSIS L. (SILVANUS FRUMENTARIUS F., S. SURINAMENSIS) - СУРИНАМСКИЙ МУКОЕД — см. Oryzaephilus surinamensis L. (Silvanus frumentarius F., S. surinamensis) Суринамский мукоед (рис. 73, 74). Тело слабовыпуклое, голова с хорошо заметными висками, глаза маленькие. Переднеспинка с 2 большими продольными вдавлениями,… …   Насекомые - вредители сельского хозяйства Дальнего Востока

  • Oryzaephilus mercator — Merchant grain beetle Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • ORYZAEPHILUS MERCATOR FAUV. - ЛОЖНОСУРИНАМСКИЙ МУКОЕД — см. Oryzaephilus mercator Fauv. Ложносуринамский мукоед . Внешне похож на Osurinamensis, но отличается большими глазами, короткими висками; у самца боковые края наличника не отогнуты и задние бедра без зубчика. Красно бурые или бурые. Длина 2.0 3 …   Насекомые - вредители сельского хозяйства Дальнего Востока

  • СУРИНАМСКИЙ МУКОЕД — (Oryzaephilus surinamensis), жук сем. плоскотелок, вредитель зернопродуктов и др. продовольств. запасов. Распространён повсеместно, обитает на складах, мельницах, пищ. предприятиях, в жилых помещениях; в природе под корой старых деревьев. Красно… …   Сельско-хозяйственный энциклопедический словарь

  • Getreideplattkäfer — (Oryzaephilus surinamensis) Systematik Überklasse: Sechsfüßer (Hexapoda) Klas …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Saw-toothed grain beetle — Taxobox name = Sawtoothed grain beetle image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Silvanidae genus = Oryzaephilus species= O. surinamensis binomial = Oryzaephilus surinamensis binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Merchant grain beetle — Taxobox name = Merchant grain beetle image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Silvanidae genus = Oryzaephilus species= O. mercator binomial = Oryzaephilus mercator binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • Stockage des céréales — Les réserves de céréales constituent un élément vital pour la survie des groupes humains. Apparue aux environs de la révolution néolithique[1], la maîtrise du stockage des céréales est essentielle dans l organisation de la plupart des sociétés… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • СЕМ. CUCUJIDAE - ПЛОСКОТЕЛКИ — …   Насекомые - вредители сельского хозяйства Дальнего Востока


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.