Florida Entomologist (2008) 91, 695-697

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Paul D. Pratt, Min B. Rayamajhi and Ted D. Center (2008)
Geographic range expansion of Oxyops vitiosa (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to the Bahamian Archipelago
Florida Entomologist 91 (4), 695-697
Abstract: The Australian weevil Oxyops vitiosa is a specialized herbivore of Melaleuca quinquenervia and closely related congeners. The weevil was intentionally introduced into Florida, USA in 1997 and was recently discovered on the Bahamian island of New Providence, some 300 km east, feeding on naturalized M. quinquenervia trees. The weevil has colonized M. quinquenervia stands in the southern part of the island and is expected to spread to all invaded habitats. Oxyops vitiosa is unlikely to harm native plant species but will affect ornamental landscape plantings of M. quinquenervia.
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Database assignments for author(s): Paul D. Pratt, Min B. Rayamajhi, Ted D. Center

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
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Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) Bahamas
Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) U.S.A. (SE)
Oxyops vitiosa (weed bioagent) Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) Bahamas
Oxyops vitiosa (weed bioagent) Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) U.S.A. (SE)