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Psacothea hilaris maculata

Basic information
Scientific name Psacothea hilaris maculata (No picture)
Common names Yellow-spotted longicorn beetle
Higher taxon Cerambycidae, Chrysomeloidea, Coleoptera
Natural range Amamioshima and Tokunoshima Islands of Amami Group.
Habitat Forest, farm, city, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Hachijojima Island (Izu Islands). Several points on western Kagoshima Pref. A population in Kagoshima is postulated as a hybrid with P. h. teneburosa. Range in Japan
Origin Amamioshima or Tokunoshima Islnad.
Date The Kagoshima populations have been recorded since 1970s. The first record in Hachijojima was 1983.
Route Accidental: Hitchhiking on transport of ornamental trees such as banyan (Ficus microcarpa).
Impact Feeding on Moraceae plants such as such as Ficus carica, Morus kagayamae, etc.
Native organism(s) affected: Moraceae plants such as Ficus carica, Morus kagayamae, etc.
Regulation in Japan Family Cerambycidae is desgnated as a Quarantine Pest (the Plant Protection Law).
Introduced range in other countries None.
Reference Notes
  • Nakamura (ed) (1988) Alien Species of Japan. Kanagawa Prefectural Museum. (in Jpn)
  • Plant Protection Station (2011) The Plant Protection Act. Quarantine Pest List. (Accessed on 2012-6-15) (in Jpn)
  • Tsutsumi & Yamanaka (1996) Effects of nonwoven fabric sheet containing entomogenous fungus, Beauveria brongniartii (SACC.) PETCH. GSES, on adult yellow spotted longicorn beetle, Psacothea hilaris (PASCOE) (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae) on fig trees. Jpn J Appl Zool Entomol. 40(2):145-151
  • etc.