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Express-PRA for Amphicerus anobioides – Interception


Since the damage caused by Amphicerus anobioides is most probably limited to non-living plant parts, phytosanitary regulations do not apply for this pest. Thus, the categorisation of phytosanitary risk is not applicable. However, the beetle can cause damage in the field of material protection.

Amphicerus anobioides infests tropical and subtropical starch-rich drywood of deciduous trees.

Due to unsuitable climatic conditions and the lack of host plants, it is assumed that A. anobioides cannot establish outdoors in Germany. Establishment in southern European EU Member States is also not expected outdoors.

Amphicerus anobioides has a medium to high damage potential for dry stored wood or wood in constructions.

Since the damage is limited to non-living plant parts, Amphicerus anobioides is not classified as a potential quarantine pest. Thus, Article 29 of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 does not apply. However, the user is recommended to destroy or decontaminate the infested material to avoid damage.

In the specific case of the detection in imported wooden packaging material, it must be taken into account that the presence of A. anobioides possibly can be attributed to an insufficient treatment according to ISPM No. 15.


  • Amphicerus anobioides


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