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Abstract

First intercept of the Asiatic coconut rhinoceros beetle Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus, 1758) in Mexico.

Abstract

The Oryctes genus consists of 42 species known across the world, which are major palm tree pests. Oryctes rhinoceros is one of the most harmful pests for the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) and the African oil palm (Elais guineensis) in the south and southeast of Asia and Western Pacific islands, although it may attack other ornamental palm trees. The present paper documents the first record of the interception of O. rhinoceros (coconut rhinoceros beetle) at the Manzanillo harbor in Colima - one of the main entry points of imported goods. A single specimen of the insect of interest was collected: a living adult present in a shipment of palm tree furniture from Indonesia, whose final destination was the state of Jalisco. The entomological sample was sent to the Laboratorio de Análisis y Referencia en Sanidad Forestal of the Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Semarnat for its identification. Phytosanitary measures were subsequently implemented in order to prevent the entry of this beetle, an exotic pest, into the country. Furthermore, the document expounds certain considerations regarding the potential economic implications for Mexico of the introduction of O. rhinoceros into the national territory and its development herein.