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Pest categorisation of Icerya aegyptiaca


The EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Icerya aegyptiaca (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Monophlebidae), the Egyptian fluted scale, for the EU. This insect is established in several countries in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Within the EU, the pest has not been reported. It is not listed in Annex II of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072. It is highly polyphagous, feeding on plants in 128 genera and 66 families, with some preference for avocado (Persea americana), banana (Musa sp.), citrus (Citrus spp.), coconut (Coccos nucifera), common pear (Pyrus communis), fig (Ficus spp.), guava (Psidium guajava), maize (Zea mays), mango (Mangifera indica), white mulberry (Morus alba), and grapevine (Vitis vinifera). It has also been recorded feeding on tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), as well as on ornamental plants. Plants for planting and fruits, vegetables and cut flowers are the main potential pathways for entry of I. aegyptiaca into the EU. Climatic conditions and availability of host plants in parts of the EU where there are very few days of frost each year would likely allow this species to successfully establish and spread. Economic impact in cultivated hosts including citrus, grapes, maize, peppers, sunflowers, tomatoes and ornamental crops is anticipated if establishment occurs. Phytosanitary measures are available to reduce the likelihood of entry and spread. I. aegyptiaca meets the criteria that are within the remit of EFSA to assess for this species to be regarded as a potential Union quarantine pest.


  • Icerya aegyptiaca


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