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UK Risk Register Details for Maconellicoccus hirsutus

This record was last updated on 13/07/2022

Common Names

  • Hibiscus mealybug
  • Pink hibiscus mealybug
  • Pink mealybug

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Fruits or vegetables

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 12
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 12
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Cyprus Present
United Kingdom Absent
North America
Mexico Present
United States Present
South America
Brazil Present
Colombia Present
French Guiana Present
Guyana Present
Suriname Present
Venezuela Present
Australia Present
Micronesia Present
Palau Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Samoa Present
Solomon Islands Present
Tonga Present
Tuvalu Present
Vanuatu Present
Benin Present
Burkina Faso Present
Cameroon Present
Central African Republic Present
Chad Present
Congo (Brazzaville) Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Egypt Present
Gabon Present
Gambia Present
Liberia Present
Kenya Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Senegal Present
Seychelles Present
Somalia Present
Sudan Present
Tanzania Present
Tunisia Present
Bangladesh Present
Brunei Present
Cambodia Present
China Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Iran Present
Japan Present
Laos Present
Malaysia Present
Maldives Present
Myanmar Present
Nepal Present
Oman Present
Pakistan Present
Philippines Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Sri Lanka Present
Taiwan Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Yemen Present
Vietnam Present
Jordan Present
Israel Present
Central America
Antigua and Barbuda Present
Aruba Present
Bahamas Present
Barbados Present
Belize Present
Cayman Islands Present
Costa Rica Present
Dominica Present
Dominican Republic Present
Grenada Present
Guadeloupe Present
Haiti Present
Jamaica Present
Martinique Present
Puerto Rico Present
Saint Kitts and Nevis Present
Saint Lucia Present
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Present
Trinidad and Tobago Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Botanical collections or specialists

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Annona cherimola Mill.
  • Annona muricata L.
  • Annona squamosa L.
  • Anthurium andraeanum Andre
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • Averrhoa carambola L.
  • Beta vulgaris L.
  • Boehmeria nivea ssp. nivea (L.) Gaudich
  • Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp./Huth
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Capsicum frutescens L.
  • Citrus sinensis (Linnaeus) Osbeck
  • Cosmos Cav.
  • Cucumis sativus L.
  • Cucurbita maxima Duch.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Heliconia L.
  • Hibiscus cannabinus L.
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linnaeus
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
  • Inga edulis Mart./Willd.
  • Ixora L.
  • Jatropha curcas L.
  • Lactuca sativa L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Mangifera indica L.
  • Morus alba L.
  • Persea americana Mill.
  • Phaseolus vulgaris L.
  • Psidium guajava L.
  • Solanum americanum Mill.
  • Spondias mombin L.
  • Spondias tuberosa Arruda In Koster/Cam.
  • Theobroma cacao L.
  • Vitis vinifera L.
  • Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.
  • Citrus
  • Gossypium hirsutum

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

EPPO (2003)

Regulation and EPPO listing

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Actions Indicated

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Statutory action if found on plants for planting on a case by case basis

General Comments

A polyphagous mealybug pest of mainly tropical woody plants. Given the successful experiences with biocontrol methods in its native region, a plan for introduction of biocontrol agents should be considered, if pest spreads in Europe.

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