Type species

Cryptocarenus diadematus Eggers

Adapted from Wood 1982, p. 911-915


Cryptocarenus is similar to Pityophthorus Eichhoff but distinguished from it by the overall smooth appearance, with virtually all vestiture absent or greatly reduced.


The length of the females ranges from 1.4 to 3.0 mm while the males are approximately one third smaller, and both sexes are 2.6 to 2.7 times as long as wide. Their color ranges from yellowish or reddish brown to dark brown. The pronotum is as long as wide, with asperities on its anterior slope and the anterior margin armed by 8 to 14 teeth or serrations. The scutellum is small and flush with the elytra. The declivity is convex, and the vestiture is rare and consists of short, erect, hair-like setae and is unarmed. The anterior margin of the compound eye is deeply emarginate. The scape is elongate with a 5-segmented funicle. The club is oval, with two procurved sutures. The procoxae are contiguous.


Texas and Florida to Argentina

World fauna

Number of species: 14, Native species: 3, Introduced species: 0


Canavalia, Chenopodium, Conocarpus, Coffea, Dipholis, Ficus, Ipomoea, Mangifera, Metopium, Persea, Pithecellobium, Rhacoma, Serjania, Vitis