EPPO Global Database

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus(RHYCFE)

Distribution details in Tunisia

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2014: Present, restricted distribution
First recorded in: 2011
Pest status declared by NPPO: Present, only on a few plants of Phoenix canariensis (city of Carthage), under eradication/containment (2011-12)
Comments
EPPO Reporting Service (2011/235) : detected for the first time on ornamental palm trees (Phoenix canariensis) in the city of Carthage (north of Tunis) in December 2011. Under eradication.

EPPO Reporting Service (2015/057) : found in other areas near Tunis, such as Belvedere, Kram, Marsa and Soukra.
References
* Faleiro JR, Ben Abdallah A, El-Bellaj M, Al Ajlan AM, Oihabi A (2012) Threat of the red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) to date palm plantations in North Africa. Arab Journal of Plant Protection 30, 274-280.

* Nasraoui B (2014) Eradication battle against the red palm weevil: is there any chance to avoid disaster before it happens in the oases of Southern Tunisia? Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter no. 62, p 3.

* NPPO of Tunisia (2011-12).
Situation in neighbouring countries
Country State Status
Algeria Absent, confirmed by survey view...
Libya Present, few occurrences view...