Nematode fauna of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver) in Southern Italy


Abstract: This study reports a survey conducted to evaluate the nematode fauna associated to the red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (RPW) in Southern Italy, in order to select potential biological control agents. Several infested Phoenyx canariensis exemplars were sampled in different locations, particularly in the Apulia region, collecting each stage of RPW. Insects were dissected and nematodes were isolated using the water bait method. Individual nematodes were identified by morphological and molecular traits. Results reveal that the RPW shows a specific nematode fauna, including some new species.

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