Body round or broadly oval; somewhat flattened dorsoventally; body red-brown; some specimens covered by thick flocculent mealy wax, others with less dense wax, without bare areas on dorsum; ovisac absent; with from 8 to 14 or 15 lateral wax filaments, posterior filaments longest and broadest, sometimes coalescing, filaments on anteriorthorax and head shorter and thinner, posterior pair about 1/8 length of body. Primarily occurring on foliage of host.
This species was intercepted 142 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Guam, Haiti, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Japan, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Thailand, Tortola, The U.S. Virgin Islands and Vietnam. It is commonly taken at U. S. ports-of-entry on coconut; it is occasionally collected on other palms. We also have examined quarantine specimens from Bahamas (Cocos); Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands) (Cocos); Domican Republic (Cocos); Hawaii (Coconut); India (Coconut); Jamaica (Cocos); Kwajalein (Marshall Islands) (Cocos); Mexico (Cocos); The Philippines (Coconut, Phyllostachys); Singapore (Licuala); St. Barthelemy (Vaitchia); Tahiti (Nypa); Tawain (Palmaceae); Vietnam (Cocos); ScaleNet lists the species from the follwoing host families: and . It is recorded from nearly all areas of the world where coconuts are grown except that it is not known from Africa. No species of Palmicultor other than P. browni (Williams) and P. palmarum have been taken in quarantine at U. S. ports-of-entry.