Journal of Pest Science (2020) 93, 11-25

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Michelle L. Schröder, Bernard Slippers, Michael J. Wingfield and Brett P. Hurley (2020)
Invasion history and management of Eucalyptus snout beetles in the Gonipterus scutellatus species complex
Journal of Pest Science 93 (1), 11-25
Abstract: Gonipterus scutellatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), once thought to be a single species, is now known to reside in a complex of at least eight cryptic species. Two of these species (G. platensis and G. pulverulentus) and an undescribed species (Gonipterus sp. n. 2) are invasive pests on five continents. A single population of Anaphes nitens, an egg parasitoid, has been used to control all three species of Gonipterus throughout the invaded range. Limited knowledge regarding the different cryptic species and their diversity significantly impedes efforts to manage the pest complex outside the native range. In this review, we consider the invasion and taxonomic history of the G. scutellatus cryptic species complex and the implications that the cryptic species diversity could have on management strategies. The ecological and biological aspects of these pests that require further research are identified. Strategies that could be used to develop an ecological approach towards managing the G. scutellatus species complex are also suggested.
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Database assignments for author(s): Bernard Slippers, Michael J. Wingfield, Brett P. Hurley

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
new introduction of pest
control - general
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
classical biocontrol/new introduction

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Gonipterus scutellatus
Gonipterus platensis
Gonipterus pulverulentus
Anaphes nitens (parasitoid) Gonipterus scutellatus
Anaphes nitens (parasitoid) Gonipterus platensis
Anaphes nitens (parasitoid) Gonipterus pulverulentus