Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

The sugar cane weevil on coconuts in Western Samoa.

Abstract

In 1978 some 70 to 80% of the coconut (Cocos nucifera) trees, aged between 5 and 8 years, were found to be damaged by a weevil. This pest was identified as Rhabdoscelus obscurus, well known as a pest of sugar-cane (Saccharum officinarum) and of some other plant species. A description of the weevil and its damage is given. Control measures, including the use of insecticides and of natural parasites, are described. KEYWORDS: TROPAG | Cocos nucifera | Oil | fat and wax crops | Oil | Fat and Wax Crops | Plant Pests | Crop Protection | South Pacific Islands | Western Samoa.