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Scolytus scolytus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Scolytinae
Tribe: Scolytini
Subtribe: Scolytina
Genus: Scolytus
Geoffroy, 1762

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Scolytus is a genus of bark beetles (subfamily Scolytinae). It includes several species notorious for destroying trees in the forests. The Dutch elm disease is spread in North America by two species : the native elm bark beetle, Hylurgopinus rufipes, and the European elm bark beetle, Scolytus multistriatus. In Europe, while the aforementioned Scolytus multistriatus again acts as vector for infection, it is much less effective than the large elm bark beetle Scolytus scolytus.

Species include:

  • Scolytus amygdali
  • Scolytus dentatus Bright, 1964
  • Scolytus fagi Walsh, 1867
  • Scolytus laricis Blackman, 1934
  • Scolytus mali (Bechstein, 1805), the larger shothole borer
  • Scolytus monticolae Swaine, 1917
  • Scolytus multistriatus (Marsham, 1802), the European elm bark beetle, smaller European elm bark beetle
  • Scolytus muticus Say, 1824, the hackberry beetle
  • Scolytus obelus Wood, 1962
  • Scolytus opacus Blackman, 1934
  • Scolytus oregoni Blackman, 1934
  • Scolytus praeceps LeConte, 1876
  • Scolytus quadrispinosus Say, 1824, the hickory bark beetle
  • Scolytus reflexus Blackman, 1934
  • Scolytus robustus Blackman, 1934
  • Scolytus rugulosus (Mueller, 1818), the shothole borer
  • Scolytus scolytus (Fabricius, 1775)
  • Scolytus subscaber LeConte, 1876
  • Scolytus unispinosus LeConte, 1876, the Douglas-fir engraver
  • Scolytus ventralis LeConte, 1868, the fir engraver

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