REDIA (2018) 101, 193-196

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Moises Fajardo, Manuel Morales, Esperanza Fontenla, Claudia Giordano, Emiliano Mori and Giuseppe Mazza (2018)
Sighting of southern grey shrikes preying on red palm weevil in two countries
REDIA 101, 193-196
Abstract: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, commonly known as Red Palm Weevil, is one of the most destructive and invasive palm pests in the world. The most important host species are coconut palms, oil palms, Canary Island palms and it is considered as a key pest in date palms crops. As the existing chemical – based treatments are not efficient, the ecofriendly biological control methods have now attracted high interest. In this note, we report for the first time the predation of the Red Palm Weevil by two subspecies of Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis, once in Spain and once in Saudi Arabia.
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Database assignments for author(s): Giuseppe Mazza, Emiliano Mori

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Spain (continental)
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Saudi Arabia