Coelaenomenodera Blanchard (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) contains 42 species from Africa (Staines 2012) and is in need of revision. Little biological work has been done on Coelaenomenodera species but three species have been associated with palms. Much of the earlier literature discussed C. elaeidis Maulik. Berti & Mariau (1999) found that mixed populations of C. elaeidis and C. lameensis Berti & Mariau were involved in outbreaks in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Therefore one can not be sure what species was studied in the earlier literature but almost all work done since 1999 deals with C. lameensis Berti & Mariau rather than C. elaeidis. Also, some literature refers to C. minuta Uhmann, which is currently a synonym of C. elaeidis.


Coelaenomenodera elaeidis Maulik is found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Sierra Leone.

Coelaenomenodera lameensis Berti & Mariau is found in Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

Coelaenomenodera perrieri Fairmaire is found in Madagascar.


Coelaenomenodera elaeidis feeds on Cocos nucifera L., Elaeis guineensis Jacq. (Maulik 1920); Borassus sp. (Lepesme 1947); and E. oleifera Cortes (Mariau et al. 1997) (Arecaceae).

Coelaenomenodera lameensis feeds on Elaeis guineensis Jacq. (Arecaceae) (Berti & Mariau 1999).

Coelaenomenodera perrieri feeds on Cocos nucifera L. (Arecaceae) (Mariau 1988).


Adults feed on the underside of the fronds and cause groove-like channels 1-2 cm long parallel to the mid-vein. Larvae construct an elongate blotch-type mine.

Life history notes

Eggs are laid in a small cavity on the underside of palm fronds and covered with a mucous material or fibrous substance. Larvae hatch and begin to construct an elongate blotch-type mine. There are four larval instars. Pupation occurs within the mine and the pupa is mobile inside the leaf.

Mariau (1976, 2004) and Mariau & Lecoustre (2004) investigated the life history of C. lameensis. Adults are yellowish-orange and about 6.5 mm in length. Larvae are yellow and about 6.5 mm when mature. Females lay between 0-500 eggs over 3-4 weeks. The larger number of eggs produced is closely tied to higher temperatures and higher humidity. The eggs hatch in about 20 days. Larvae require about 44 days to complete development and the mature leaf-mine averages 3.5 cm2. The pupal stage lasts about 20 days. The total life cycle is from 90-96 days. Adults exit the mine via the lower leaf surface. Females feed for about 20 days before laying eggs. There are four generations per year. Numerous parasites and predators have been reported.

Mariau (1975, 1988) reported on the life history of C. perrieri. The life history is similar to C. lameensis but the entire life cycle takes 65 days and the mature larval mine is 1.75 cm2. Adults exit the mine via the upper leaf surface. Attacks usually begin on younger palms. A number of parasites have been reported (Mariau 1988).


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Last updated November 2016