This Coleoptera adult identification guide has been developed by the Plant Health and Environment Laboratory (PHEL), Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), New Zealand, as part of the project ‘Enhancement of Biosecurity and Quarantine Services in the Pacific Island Countries’, a collaboration between PHEL, Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd and Pacific agencies funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.
This guide was prepared using invertebrate interception data collected from fresh produce imported into New Zealand, covering pre- and post-border interceptions from 1990 to 2008. Imports into New Zealand include a wide range of fresh produce from all over the world and these commodities are essentially the same as those imported into Pacific Island countries. The guide provides information for the recognition of common interceptions as well as economically significant pests associated with fresh produce that is frequently imported into and exported from Pacific Island countries. Moreover, the scope was expanded to include some potential interceptions, New Zealand natives and other taxa of importance. The keys are simplified using basic terms where possible, and contain multiple photographic and diagrammatic illustrations. Thus, the guide is an ideal identification tool for training and to assist biosecurity officers throughout the Pacific with informed decision making. As part of the project, this guide is also made available for training and use by biosecurity officers in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to strengthen the diagnostic capabilities of officers in the Biosecurity and Quarantine Services of the Pacific Islands.
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Key to families of commonly intercepted beetle adults in NZ
Bostrichidae (including Lyctinae)
Chrysomelidae (including Bruchinae)
Curculionidae (including Scolytinae)
Staphylinidae (including Pselaphinae)
References and additional recommended reading