Type species

Araptus rufopalliatus Eichhoff

Adapted from Wood 1982, p. 927-963


The genus Araptus can be distinguished from Pityophthorus Eichhoff in that suture 2 is never septate, and its declivity is evenly convex.


The species in this genus range from 1.1 to 2.7 mm in length and are approximately 2.4 to 3.2 times as long as wide. Their color ranges from yellowish brown to almost black. The pronotum is usually longer than wide, with the anterior half asperate. The scutellum is large and flushed with the elytra. The declivity is usually convex, with about a tenth of the species having the declivity sulcate and another tenth bisulcate, and a varied sculpture among species. The sparse vestiture consists of recumbent, hair-like setae on the pronotum and a few erect hair-like setae on the declivity. The metepisternum is only visible anteriorly. The frons is dimorphic, usually presenting longer hairs in females. The anterior margin of the compound eye is emarginate. The scape is usually as long as the 5-segmented funicle. The club is usually obovate, its size is variable and has the sutures straight to procurved. The first suture is at least partly septate in all species, and the second is never septate. The procoxae are contiguous.


Florida and South Texas and from Mexico south to Argentina

World fauna

Number of species: 114, Native species: 1, Introduced species: 0


Cola, Hymenaea, Mucuna, Sarcostemma