EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 05 - 1998 Num. article: 1998/83

New records for the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall islands and American Samoa

Insect surveys have been carried out in the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau (Dafus, 1997), Marshall islands (Dafus, 1996), and results have been published in Technical papers of the South Pacific Commission. The EPPO Secretariat has extracted the following information.
  • Liriomyza trifolii (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in Yap and Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia). It was found on beans and some economic loss were observed.
  • Maconellicoccus hirsutus, the hibiscus mealybug, was abundant and damaging on hibiscus on Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia*).
  • Parasassetia nigra (EU Annex II/A1) occurs on Marshall islands* (it is reported from Kwajalein).
  • Phyllocnistis citrella was found on citrus on Yap (Federated States of Micronesia*).
  • Thrips palmi (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) has recently been introduced into Palau* (probably within the last 3 years) where it infests and damages cucumbers. Its presence in American Samoa* is also mentioned.
  • Unaspis citri (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) is present in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia*) and causes damage to citrus in some areas. It is not present elsewhere in the Federated States of Micronesia.

* New records


Nafus, D.M. (1996) An insect survey of the Marshall islands. Technical paper no. 208. South Pacific Commission, 35 pp.

Nafus, D.M. (1997) An insect survey of the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. Technical paper no. 210. South Pacific Commission, 55 pp.