Express PRA for Blaps nitens brachyura
The beetle Blaps nitens brachyura is endemic in Spain and does not occur in Germany. So far, it is listed neither in the Annexes of the Directive 2000/29/EC nor by EPPO. B. nitens brachyura feeds on dead organic material (saprophyte). There are no indications that the beetle is phytophagous. Thus, it is not a plant pest. It is assumed that B. nitens brachyura is not able to establish outdoors in Germany due to unsuitable climatic conditions. The species B. nitens is present in Northern Africa at the Atlantic coast (Essaouiro, Qualidia) and in the Mediterranean area. The sub-species B. nitens brachyura is present in Spain. B. nitens brachyura does not present a phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States. There are no indications for damage caused by this species. Based on this pest risk analysis B. nitens brachyura is not classified as a quarantine pest. Thus, § 4a of the Plant Inspection Order does not apply.
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