EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2009 Num. article: 2009/208

First report of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Ceuta (ES)

In October 2009, the presence of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 List) was officially declared by the autonomous city of Ceuta (Spain), which is located on the North African side of the Strait of Gibraltar near Morocco. Eradication and containment measures are being implemented including: 1) delimiting surveys; 2) destruction of infested palms, 3) preventive treatments, and 4) restrictions on the movement of palm trees.


Anonymous (2009) Orden por la que se declara la existencia de plaga de las palmeras, producidas por el agente nocivo Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, en la ciudad Autónoma de Ceuta. Boletín Oficial de la Ciudad de Ceuta (B.O.C.CE), 2009-10-30, Extraordinario n° 6, 58-62.
Personal communication with Dr Michel Ferry, Station de Recherche sur le Dattier et l’Agriculture d’Oasis, Elche, Spain (2009-11).