Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The Changa mole cricket, Scapteriscus didactylus (Latreille), a New World pest established in Australia (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae).

Abstract

Scapteriscus didactylus was recorded in the Newcastle area of New South Wales. A careful check of government insect conditions revealed that it had probably been present in Australia since at least 1982. It is suspected that it was introduced through commerce, probably by ship. It occurs naturally in north-eastern South America and Caribbean islands. It is a pest species of considerable note, causing damage to turf, pasture, rice and other crops such as Capsicum by feeding on seedlings above ground as well as on the roots of the plants. Its burrowing activities are a major problem on golf courses. Details on its identification, discussion of its potential as a pest and suggested procedures leading to its control and possible eradication are presented.