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Detection of coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB)

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Publication Date
Mon, 02 Dec 2019, 02:55
Last Updated
Dec. 2, 2019, 2:55 a.m.
Report Number
New Caledonia
Pest Id
Oryctes rhinoceros - (ORYCRH)
Report Status
Cocos nucifer, Elaeis spp, Acanthophoenix rubra, Agave spp, Aiphanes horrida, Ananas spp, Areca spp, Arecastrum plumosa, Arenga spp, Borassus spp, Caryota urens, Casuarina equisetifolia, Clinostigma samoense, Colocasia spp, Corypha spp, Cyathea spp, Dictyosperma album, Dypsis pinnatifrons, Heterospathe elata, Hydriastele palauensis, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, Latania spp, Livistona spp, Livistona chinensis, Metroxylon spp, Metroxylon amicarum, Metroxylon sagu, Normanbya spp, Nypa spp, , Oncosperma spp, Pandanus spp, Phoenix spp, Pinanga spp, Pritchardia pacifica, Raphia farinifera, Roystonea regia , Saccharum spp , Stevensonia spp, Thrinax spp, Verschaffeltia splendida, Wodyetia bifurcate, carica papaya,Aloe spp, Theobroma cacao …
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: only in some areas
  • Present: under eradication
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official control
Geographical Distribution
Specific area of Tontouta International airport

From 7 September to 8 October 2019, 16 specimens of Oryctes rhinoceros have been individually found in Tontouta International Airport area. This pest is widespread in the Pacific and Asia and it probably have been attracted by light of plane during a night take off from country of origin or during cargo night loading. Since this interception, an emergency response has been set in place (communication, delimiting survey, intensification of trapping site…) in order to contain and eradicate the pest. The identification of the CRB biotype is to be confirmed.

CRB is considered as an exotic pest to New Caledonia. Introduction of CRB in New Caledonia could have economic impacts on the coconut industry, and also have important social and cultural impacts. Given the wide range of hosts of CRB, endemic palm species could also be affected.
Contact for info
Aurélie CHAN Direction des Affaires vétérinaires, Alimentaires et Rurales (DAVAR) Service d’Inspection Vétérinaire, Alimentaire et Phytosanitaire (SIVAP) BP M2 - 98849 Nouméa cedex New Caledonia [email protected] / [email protected]
Report files
Issue keywords
Detection Pest reporting
Commodity keywords
Fresh coconuts, whether or not shelled or peeled

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