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Caanthus is also a synonym of the cylindrical bark beetle genus Ciconissus.

In Greek mythology, Caanthus /kˈænθəs/ was the son of Oceanus and Tethys, and the brother of Melia, one of the Oceanids.[1] He was commanded by his father Oceanus to seek his sister Melia, who had been carried away, by Apollo. But being unable to get Melia away from him, Caanthus set fire to the precinct of Apollo, and Apollo shot and killed him.[2]


  1. ^ Smith, William. "Caanthus". John Murray. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Pausanias, 9.10.5–6.


  • Pausanias, Pausanias Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.

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