UK Risk Register Details for Maconellicoccus hirsutus

This record was last updated on 03/07/2020

Common Names

  • Hibiscus mealybug
  • Pink hibiscus mealybug
  • Pink mealybug

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

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Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 12
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 12
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country Status Notes
Europe Present
Cyprus Present
United Kingdom Absent
North America Present
Mexico Present
United States Present
South America Present
Brazil Present
Colombia Present
French Guiana Present
Guyana Present
Suriname Present
Venezuela Present
Oceania Present
Australia Present
Micronesia Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Palau Present
Solomon Islands Present
Tonga Present
Tuvalu Present
Vanuatu Present
Samoa Present
Africa Present
Burkina Faso Present
Benin Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Central African Republic Present
Congo (Brazzaville) Present
Cameroon Present
Egypt Present
Gabon Present
Gambia Present
Kenya Present
Liberia Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Seychelles Present
Sudan Present
Senegal Present
Somalia Present
Chad Present
Tunisia Present
Tanzania Present
Asia Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Bangladesh Present
Brunei Present
China Present
Indonesia Present
Israel Present
India Present
Iran Present
Jordan Present
Japan Present
Cambodia Present
Laos Present
Sri Lanka Present
Myanmar Present
Maldives Present
Malaysia Present
Nepal Present
Oman Present
Philippines Present
Pakistan Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Taiwan Present
Vietnam Present
Yemen Present
Central America
Antigua and Barbuda Present
Aruba Present
Barbados Present
Bahamas Present
Belize Present
Costa Rica Present
Dominica Present
Dominican Republic Present
Grenada Present
Guadeloupe Present
Haiti Present
Jamaica Present
Saint Kitts and Nevis Present
Cayman Islands Present
Saint Lucia Present
Martinique Present
Puerto Rico Present
Trinidad and Tobago Present
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Botanical collections or specialists

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Annona cherimola Mill.
  • Annona muricata L.
  • Annona squamosa L.
  • Anthurium andraeanum Andre
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • Averrhoa carambola L.
  • Beta vulgaris L.
  • Boehmeria nivea ssp. nivea (L.) Gaudich
  • Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp./Huth
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Capsicum frutescens L.
  • Citrus sinensis (Linnaeus) Osbeck
  • Cosmos Cav.
  • Cucumis sativus L.
  • Cucurbita maxima Duch.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Heliconia L.
  • Hibiscus cannabinus L.
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linnaeus
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
  • Inga edulis Mart./Willd.
  • Ixora L.
  • Jatropha curcas L.
  • Lactuca sativa L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Mangifera indica L.
  • Morus alba L.
  • Persea americana Mill.
  • Phaseolus vulgaris L.
  • Psidium guajava L.
  • Solanum americanum Mill.
  • Spondias mombin L.
  • Spondias tuberosa Arruda In Koster/Cam.
  • Theobroma cacao L.
  • Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera L.
  • Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.
  • Citrus
  • Gossypium hirsutum

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

EPPO (2003)

Regulation and EPPO listing

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Actions Indicated

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No current Actions Indicated

General Comments

A polyphagous mealybug pest of mainly tropical woody plants. Given the successful experiences with bio control methods in its native region, a plan for introduction of biocontrol agents, if pest spreads in Europe should be considered.

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