UK Risk Register Details for Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Common Names

  • Red palm weevil

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 16
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 32

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

UK Protected Zone



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 16
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 32

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country Status Notes
Europe Present
Albania Present
Cyprus Present
Spain Present
France Present
United Kingdom Absent
Greece Present
Italy Present
Malta Present
Portugal Present
Slovenia Present
Turkey Present
North America Present
Aruba Present
United States Present (Limited)
Oceania Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Solomon Islands Present
Vanuatu Present
Samoa Present
Africa Present
Egypt Present
Libya Present
Morocco Present
Tunisia Present
Asia Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Bangladesh Present
Bahrain Present
China Present
Georgia Present
Indonesia Present
Israel Present
India Present
Iraq Present
Iran Present
Jordan Present
Japan Present
Kuwait Present
Laos Present
Lebanon Present
Sri Lanka Present
Myanmar Present
Malaysia Present
Oman Present
Philippines Present
Pakistan Present
Qatar Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Syria Present
Thailand Present
Taiwan Present
Vietnam Present
Yemen Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Coleoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Cocos nucifera L.
  • Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud
  • Phoenix dactylifera L.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

'UK (1996), EPPO (2004)'

EU and EPPO Listing

UK Protected Zone, EPPO A2

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Pest of palms causing substantial damage in southern Europe, could be damaging to palms in the UK, particularly in protected environments and along the south coast.

Risk Records for this Pest