Distribution Eastern Asia between the Russian Far East, southern India and Sri Lanka, and the Mollucas Islands. Elevations range from sea level to 6,500 feet (Grehan, 2011).
Systematics Revised by Tindale (1941, 1958) and Chinese species byZhu et al. (2004), the latter including illustrations of larvae and pupae. Includes 60 species, but monophyly has yet to be corroborated. The presence of a specialized prothoracic sensory pit in the larva and some other features may represent evidence of a close phylogenetic relationship with some other stem and root boring genera such as Aenetus, Phassus, and Phymatopus(Grehan & Rawlins, 2003). The species named Endoclita sibelae (Roepke, 1935) is to be correctly placed in the genus Aenetus.
Biogeography The distribution of Endoclita is vicariant to that of Aenetus and this geographic relationship my also represent evidence of a close relationship according to the vicariance criterion (Craw, Grehan & Heads, 1999). This evidence was recognized by Tindale (1958) who noted that the tendency to have large eyes in the adult is not the only link between Endoclita and Aenetus, and that they may be closely related with a tendency to replace each other east and west of Weber's or Wallace's line. Grehan (2011) suggested that this pattern is the result of local differentiation from a widespread common ancestor whose range encompassed the combined distributions of each genus. This differentiation may have been promoted by the tectonic history associated with the origin of the triple plate junction of the Asian, Philippine and Australian plates.
Larvae are wood borers of trees and shrubs (Grehan, 1989). Early instar larvae are predicted to be detritus or fungal feeders as reported for one species by Kalshoven (1965), implicated for Endoclita malabaricus where there is a three month delay between egg deposition and subsequent entry into tree hosts (Nair, 1982; Tintumol et al., 2014), and recently documented for E. signifer by Yang et al. (2013). A unique pattern of development occurs in E.excrescens and E. signifer in Japan where early instar larvae feed on the leaves of grasses or herbs for about a month before transitioning to tunneling into woody plants and feeding on callus (Ueda, 1979). Details of embryonic development were described by Tanaka et al. (1985).
Liang & Lee (2011) surveyed the distribution and biology of Endoclita sinensis larvae on host trees in Taiwan. Yang et al. (2013) examined the life history of E. signifera as pest of Eucalyptus plantations where most larvae were found to complete development within one year, and some required two years. Zeya (1980) described damage to teak by Endoclita sp. in Myanmar (See larval biology page)
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