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Species Fact Sheet
Carpophilus mutilatus Erichson, 1853 dimidiatus complex*

Figure 1. Male dorsal and ventral habitus

Diagnosis: Carpophilus mutilatus is a member of the dimidiatus complex. There are currently no known external characters to reliably distinguish members of the dimidiatus complex from one another.

Distribution: Carpophilus mutilatus is thought to be native to Central and South America and is now considered a cosmopolitan species.

Biology: Adults of C. mutilatus can be found feeding on fruits and vegetables especially during the ripening stage which can cause substantial crop losses in orchards (James et al. 1997). It is also found in stores products (Dobson 1954). Develops from egg to adult in approximately 30 days at 27.5°C (James and Vogele 2000). Adult partially illustrated by Connell (1977) and described by Connell (1956). Larvae described and illustrated by Connell (1956).

Connell WA (1956) – Adult and larval description, larval illustration
Connell WA (1977) – Partial adult illustration and key
Dobson RM (1954) – feeding habits
James DG, Vogele B (2000) – Development


DiLorenzo, C.L., G.S. Powell, A.R. Cline, and J.V. McHugh (2021) Carpophiline-ID, a taxonomic web resource for the identification of Carpophilinae (Nitidulidae) of eastern North America. (vers. 01.19.2021) University of Georgia, retrieved from