Hartmann, L., Grandgirard, J., Germain, J.-F., Hostachy, B., & Wong, M. 2021 First report of the papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus (Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae), in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 51(1): 229-232


  • distribution
  • host
  • natural enemies
  • Notes: This paper presents the first report of this pest in Tahiti (French Polynesia), where it was found in March 2017 on papaya (Carica papaya) and frangipani trees (Plumeria spp.). Its presence, which is mainly in the inhabited part of the island of Tahiti, suggests the recent introduction of the pest in French Polynesia. Several coccinellid predators have been found feeding on the mealybug in Tahiti: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Hyperaspis pantherina and Scymnus spp.