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Published: 2020-04-24

First record of the black twig borer, Xylosandrus compactus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) in Spain

Department of Biology, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
3Forest Engineer, Palma, Spain.
Plant Pathologist and Consulting Arborist, Tossa de Mar, Spain.
Department of Biology, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Jardines Campaner S.L.U, Calvià, Spain.
Department of Ecology, University of Alicante, Spain. Sanidad Agrícola Econex S.L., Santomera, Spain
Coleoptera Xyleborini Ambrosia beetles Alien species Balearic Island Ceratonia siliqua


We present the first record for Spain of the black twig borer, Xylosandrus compactus, an ambrosia beetle of Asian origin, collected from an infested carob tree located in Calvià (Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain). X. compactus is included in the EPPO Alert List, and it has been recently reported causing damages in a Mediterranean maquis ecosystem in Italy and Southern France. Here, we discuss about the first steps of management of this Invasive Alien species (IAS), the eradication plan and the hypothesis of the path of introduction in this Western Mediterranean island.



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