UK Risk Register Details for Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

This record was last updated on 07/01/2021

Common Names

  • Red palm weevil

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
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 16
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 32

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain, Northern Ireland may differ)



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 16
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 32

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Cyprus Present
France Present
Greece Present
Italy Present
Malta Present
Portugal Present
Slovenia Present
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Bulgaria Present
United Kingdom Absent
Albania Present
Spain Present
Turkey Present
North America Present
United States Present (Limited)
Oceania Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Samoa Present
Solomon Islands Present
Vanuatu Present
Africa Present
Egypt Present
Libya Present
Morocco Present
Tunisia Present
Asia Present
Bahrain Present
Bangladesh Present
China Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Iran Present
Iraq Present
Israel Present
Japan Present
Jordan Present
Kuwait Present
Laos Present
Lebanon Present
Malaysia Present
Myanmar Present
Oman Present
Pakistan Present
Philippines Present
Qatar Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Sri Lanka Present
Syria Present
Thailand Present
Taiwan Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Vietnam Present
Yemen Present
Georgia Present
Central America
Aruba Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Coleoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Areca catechu L.
  • Arenga pinnata (Wurmb) Merr.
  • Bismarckia Hildebr. & H.Wendl.
  • Borassus flabellifer L.
  • Butia capitata (Mart.) Becc.
  • Calamus L.
  • Caryota L.
  • Chamaerops humilis L.
  • Cocos nucifera L.
  • Copernicia Mart.
  • Corypha umbraculifera L.
  • Corypha utan Lamarck
  • Dictyosperma album (Bory) H.Wendl. & Drude Ex Scheff.
  • Elaeis guineensis Jacq.
  • Erythea armata S.Wats.
  • Erythea edulis (H.Wendl.) S.Wats.
  • Howea forsteriana (C.Moore & F.V.Mueller) Beccari
  • Jubaea chilensis (Mol.) Baill.
  • Livistona R.Br.
  • Livistona australis (R.Br.) Mart.
  • Livistona chinensis (Jacq.) R.Br. Ex Mart.
  • Livistona subglobosa (Hassk.) Mart.
  • Metroxylon sagu Rottb.
  • Oncosperma filamentosa Blume
  • Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud
  • Phoenix dactylifera L.
  • Phoenix reclinata Jacq.
  • Phoenix roebelinii O'Brien
  • Phoenix sylvestris (= silvestris) (L.) Roxb.
  • Pritchardia Seem. & H.Wendl.
  • Pritchardia pacifica Seem. & H.Wendl.
  • Ravenea rivularis Jumelle & Perrier
  • Roystonea regia (H.B.K.) O.F.Cook
  • Sabal palmetto (Walt.) Lodd. Ex Schult.
  • Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cham.) Glassm.
  • Trachycarpus fortunei (Hook.) H.Wendl.
  • Washingtonia H.Wendl.
  • Washingtonia filifera (Linden Ex Andre) H.Wendl.
  • Washingtonia robusta H.Wendl.
  • Saribus rotundifolius (Lamarck) Blume

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

'UK (1996), EPPO (2004)'

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain, Northern Ireland may differ). EPPO A2

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Weevil pest of palms causing substantial damage in southern Europe. Could be damaging to palms in the UK, particularly in protected environments and along the south coast.

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