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Subject: Shot-hole borer, Xyleborus similis Ferrari, (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Houston, Texas
Date posted: October 02, 2002
Source: USDA Forest Service
Five specimens of Xyleborus similis Ferrari were confirmed from an urban, forested park in Houston, Texas. This is the first report of X. similis in North America. It is believed this is a well established population as specimens were caught more than one month apart and in different traps. This species has been recorded in Asia, Africa, and Australia and documented on more than 28 host plant families. Xyleborus belongs to a tribe of closely related genera known to be potential vectors of phytopathogenic fungi. At this point host associations and vectoring abilities are unknown for this detection.