Updated situation of Epitrix similaris in Spain
In Spain, the presence of Epitrix similaris (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time on potatoes in 2009 at Xinzo de Limia (province of Ourense) in Galicia. As of January 2014, official surveys have shown that E. similaris has not spread outside Galicia, and remains limited to the provinces of A Coruña, Ourense and Pontevedra. Although in some cases, E. similaris can diminish the commercial value of tubers, no severe damage has been observed on potato crops. An action plan has been initiated in Galicia to eradicate E. similaris.
The situation of Epitrix similaris in Spain can be described as follows: Present, only found in Galicia (A Coruña, Ourense, Pontevedra provinces), under eradication.
NPPO of Spain (2014-01).