Probably native to tropical America (Wood 1977, Gohli et al. 2016), but now circumtropical. Not common in the Oriental region, but more widely present than indicated by Wood and Bright (1992). Recorded in the study region only from India (West Bengal) and Taiwan.
This species is rare in Asia. Measurements were taken from Atkinson et al. (2013). We were unable to locate any Asian specimens. Measurements were of New World specimens from Guyana, Panama, Peru, and the United States (Florida and Michigan).
The biology of the species is described by Schedl (1963a) and Entwhistle (1972). Norris (1976) summarizes studies by his group on the role of the associated ambrosia fungi in the nutrition and development of the beetle, the requirement of a fungal-produced steroid for pupation, and of associated bacteria for oocyte maturation. The species has some economic importance as a pest of cocoa (Theobroma cacao) (Malvaceae) as a vector of cocoa wilt (Entwhistle 1972). Wood (2007) considers it one of the most destructive species of harvested timber in South America.