UK Risk Register Details for Singhiella simplex

Pest has been archived

This pest has been assessed for the Risk Register and is considered to pose a low risk to the UK. The information on this pest was correct as of 22/10/2019, but is no longer actively maintained. It will only be updated if new information is received which indicates the potential for a significant increase in risk to the UK.

This record was last updated on 22/10/2019

Common Names

  • ficus whitefly

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 1
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 8
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 8

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 1
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 8
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 8

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
United Kingdom Absent
Cyprus Present
Turkey Present
France Present
North America
Mexico Present
United States Present California and Florida
South America
Brazil Present
Colombia Present
Venezuela Present
China Present
India Present
Myanmar Present
Israel Present
Taiwan Present
Central America
Barbados Present
Cayman Islands Present
Dominican Republic Present
Jamaica Present
Panama Present
Puerto Rico Present
Guadeloupe Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Ficus L.
  • Ficus altissima Blume
  • Ficus aurea Nutt.
  • Ficus benghalensis L.
  • Ficus benjamina L.
  • Ficus brevifolia Nutt.
  • Ficus glomerata Roxb.
  • Ficus lyrata Warb.
  • Ficus thonningii Blume

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Not currently listed

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


No statutory action against interceptions and outbreaks

General Comments

Whitefly pest of certain Ficus sp. including weeping fig, present in Mediterranean and areas outside Europe, with preference for warmer climates even within the Mediterranean.

Further Information


  • show / hide

Key uncertainty for pest

The distribution and amounts of suitable host Ficus species in the UK.


Current distribution






UK distribution

Risk Records for this Pest