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(female ovipositing on an Ebony pod, Pithecellobium ebano)
County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Nov. 2005
Map Source: Missouri Botanical Garden's VAST database
Range of the Ebony Bruchid likely mirrors the range of it's host.
Range: South Texas, Mexico
Host: Restricted to Texas Ebony - Pithecellobium ebano - Family Mimosaceae
Species of Merobruchus range from the southwestern United States to southern Brazil and Argentina, including Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. There are eight species of Merobruchus occurring in Florida and the southwestern U.S.
Merobruchus julianus (Horn)
Merobruchus major (Fall)
Merobruchus placidus (Horn)
Original combination: Bruchus major Fall
Current name: Merobruchus major (Fall)
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Kingsolver, J.M. 1988. Biosystematics of the genus Merobruchus of the continental North America and the West Indies. ARS. United States Department of Agriculture, Tech. Bull. No. 1744. 63 pp.
Johnson, C.D. & D.H. Siemens. 1997. Oviposition behavior, guilds, host relationships and new host and distribution records for the genus Merobruchus Bridwell (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Coleopterists Bulletin. 51(1): 13-21.
Southgate, B.J. 1979. Biology of the Bruchidae. Annual Review of Entomology, 24: 449-473.
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