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Abstract

On the presence of the acacia weevil, Pseudopachymerina spinipes (Erichson, 1833), in the Iberian Peninsula (Coleoptera: Bruchidae).

Abstract

The recent discovery in eastern Spain of some wild sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana) pods which showed clear signs of attacks by bruchids made it possible to detect the presence of a well-known pest of tropical origin, the acacia weevil, P. spinipes. This species, of which there were a few old records from eastern Spain, lives and has become naturalized in this area, thus, constituting a potential pest for some species of acacia imported into this country. We present a complete redescription of the species, both the pre-imaginal stages and the adult, and address some aspects of its world distribution, biology and potential danger.