Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Hoplochelus marginalis Fairmaire
Common names: hanneton (French), ver blanc (French)
Organism type: insect
The beetle, Hoplochelus marginalis, is common in La Réunion since its introduction in 1970. In a few years, it invaded the entire island to 1000 metres above sea level, causing extensive damage to sugar-cane fields and destroying native plants.
agricultural areas, urban areas
Native range:Hoplochelus marginalis is endemic to Madagascar.
Known introduced range: The species has been introduced to La Réunion where it is very common.
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008