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Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver)
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First records of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver) in France, Greece, and Italy


Name: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver)

Taxonomic Position:

Animalia : Arthropoda : Insecta : Coleoptera : Curculionidae

Common Names:

red palm weevil


The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, causes significant damage to a wide variety of palm species. This weevil originates from southern Asia and Melanesia, and has been spreading westward since the 1980s (Ferry & Gómez, 2002). Larvae feed on soft tissues and terminal buds of hosts and with serious infestations can cause plant death. Recent detections of this weevil were reported from France, Greece, and Italy from both nurseries and public and private gardens; the outbreaks in these areas are all under official control (EPPO, 2006).


movement of nursery stock



EPPO Reporting Service 2006, No. 11, pp 5-6. European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Ferry & Gómez. 2002. The red palm weevil in the Mediterranean. Vol. 46, No 4, Palms (formerly Principes), Journal of the International Palm Society. Available online:  

Related Documents:
EPPO 2006 No.11    EPPO 2006 No.11.pdf

Warning: The information in this alert has not been confirmed with the appropriate National Plant Protection Organization and is provided solely as an early warning. Please use the above information with caution.

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