EPPO Global Database

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus(RHYCFE)

Distribution details in United States of America (California)

Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2016: Absent, pest eradicated
First recorded in: 2010
Eradication in: 2015
EPPO Reporting Service (2010/176) : first found in August 2010 during the removal of a dying Phoenix canariensis, in a private garden (Laguna Beach, Orange county) in California. Under official control.

EPPO Reporting Service (2016/191) : Some authors (Rugman-Jones et al., 2013), considers that the species which has invaded California is not R. ferrugineus but R. vulneratus. The pest was subsequently eradicated (eradication confirmed in 2015-01-20). The estimated cost of the eradication was 1 003 646 USD.
* Hoddle M, Hoddle C, Alzubaidy M, Kabashima J, Nisson J, Millar J, Dimson M (2016) The palm weevil Rhynchophorus vulneratus is eradicated from Laguna Beach. California Agriculture. doi: 10.3733/ca.2016a0012.
------- Eradication.

- California Department of Food and Agriculture (US). News Release (2010-10-18). Red palm weevil, worst known pest of palm trees, detected in Laguna Beach. Agricultural officials confirm first detection of palm tree pest in the United States. http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=10-061
- University of California, Riverside. Centre for Invasive Species Research. Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). http://cisr.ucr.edu/red_palm_weevil.html

* NAPPO Phytosanitary Pest Alert System. Official Pest Reports. USA (2010-11-15) First U.S. detection of the Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, in California. http://www.pestalert.org/espanol/oprDetail_print.cfm?oprid=401

* Rugman-Jones PF, Hoddle CD, Hoddle MS, Stouthamer R (2013) The lesser of two weevils: molecular-genetics of pest palm weevil populations confirm Rhynchophorus vulneratus (Panzer 1798) as a valid species distinct from R. ferrugineus (Olivier 1790), and reveal the global extent of both. PlosOne 8(10), e78379.