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UK Risk Register Details for Coccotrypes dactyliperda

Pest has been archived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 The information on this pest was correct as of 03/06/2020, but is no longer actively maintained.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 03/06/2020

Common Names

  • button beetle
  • Date stone beetle
  • Palm seed borer

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Seeds
  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Seeds
  • Fruits or vegetables

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

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

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 4
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
Greece Present
Italy Present
France Present
Hungary Present
Spain Present (Limited) Tenerife
Portugal Present (Limited) Madeira
North America
Mexico Present
United States Present
New Zealand Present
Australia Present (Limited) Outbreak
Algeria Present
Egypt Present
Libya Present
Israel Present
India Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Coleoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Areca catechu L.
  • Chamaedorea elegans Mart.
  • Chamaerops humilis L.
  • Coccothrinax Sarg.
  • Howea belmoreana (C.Moore & F.V.Mueller) Beccari
  • Howea forsteriana (C.Moore & F.V.Mueller) Beccari
  • Hyophorbe Gaertn.
  • Hyphaene Gaertn.
  • Livistona chinensis (Jacq.) R.Br. Ex Mart.
  • Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud
  • Phoenix dactylifera L.
  • Phoenix reclinata Jacq.
  • Phoenix sylvestris (= silvestris) (L.) Roxb.
  • Phytelephas macrocarpa Ruiz & Pav.
  • Pritchardia pacifica Seem. & H.Wendl.
  • Ptychosperma Labill.
  • Roystonea regia (H.B.K.) O.F.Cook
  • Sabal Adans.
  • Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cham.) Glassm.
  • Washingtonia filifera (Linden Ex Andre) H.Wendl.
  • Arecaceae (family)

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 findings

General Comments

Beetle pest of palm seeds, unlikely to cause significant damage in the UK.