Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 52, Issue 10, pp 903–910 | Cite as

Threat and management strategies of potentially invasive insects in China

  • RunZhi ZhangEmail author
  • YaPing Zhang
  • YouXu Jiang


The Global Invasive Species Database, GISD, comprises 27 species of the most significant invasive alien insects in the world (through November, 2005), 6 of which are originally native to China, 11 are established in China, and 10 have a potential invasion threat to China. This paper discusses these species in terms of distribution, harmfulness and dispersal ways, and finds that: (i) Information regarding invasive insects in the GISD remains inadequate. Such harmful invasive species as Opogona sacchari (Bojer), Oracella acuta (Lobdell), and Dendroctonus valens LeConte are not included. (ii) Ten species of invasive insects, particularly Lasius neglectus Van Loon and Linepithema humile (Mayr) which become established in areas near China, have the potential to become established in China. (iii) Special attention should be paid to species from Asia and the Americas because of their greater likelihood of becoming established in China. Finally, some management strategies including legislation, quarantine, early warning, prevention and control are suggested.


biological invasions invasive species insect China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents in Agriculture, Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Kunming Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesYunnanChina
  3. 3.The Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and ProtectionThe Chinese Academy of ForestryBeijingChina

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