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African rhinoceros beetle belongs to the genus Oryctes and mainly associates with palms i.e.coconut, date palm, and African oil palm. Most of the Dynastinae beetles are not pests, however, some have the potential to cause severe damage .
Feeding of the beetle causes holes on the palms which leads to potential entry of secondary pests (or pathogens) such as Rhynchophorus sp. In Ivory Coast, it has been reported that O.boas carry the nematode, Thelastoma pterygoton .
Adult beetle tunnels into the heart of the palms and the attacked leaves produce V-shaped notches. Larvae are also found underneath the falling logs. Species diagnosis requires rearing of larvae until adult stage to observe for the horns on the head.