Taxonomic history

Phloeotrogus sordicauda Motschulsky, 1863: 514.

Leptoxyleborus sordicauda (Motschulsky): Wood, 1980: 94.


Phloeotrogus attenuatus Motschulsky, 1863: 512. Wood, 1969: 119.

Xyleborus concisus Blandford, 1894b: 107. Hulcr and Cognato, 2013: 103.

Xyleborus marginatus Eggers, 1927b: 91. Browne, 1955: 354.

Xyleborus sordicaudulus Eggers, 1927b: 91. Browne, 1955: 354.

Xyleborus incurvus Eggers, 1930: 197. Wood, 1989: 175.

Xyleborus sordicaudulus peguensis Eggers, 1930: 198. Schedl, 1951a: 51.


2.6−3.6 mm long (mean = 2.84 mm; n = 5); 2.15−2.5 times as long as wide. This species can be distinguished by the larger size, elytral declivity extremely flat and broad; especially laterally; posterolateral declivital margin elevated and carinate; and declivital surface covered with minute star-shaped scales.

May be confused with

Ancipitis puer, A. punctatissimus, Leptoxyleborus machili


China (Guangxi, Jiangxi), India (Andaman Is, West Bengal), Indonesia (Java, Maluku, Sumatra), Japan, East & West Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Host plants

polyphagous (Browne 1961b)


The species attacks large logs, smaller stems down to about 3 cm diameter, and lianes (Browne 1961b). Beaver and Browne (1978) suggest that it may be particularly attracted to sappy stems.

DNA data

Sequences available for COI and CAD.

COI: HM064092MN619962MN619963

CAD: HM064273MN620239MN620240