Check List 19(1): 127-131, doi: 10.15560/19.1.127
Metamasius hemipterus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Dryophthorinae) on a hand of bananas in Greece
expand article infoJakovos Demetriou, Evangelos Koutsoukos§, Christos Kazilas|, Konstantinos Kalaentzis|, Christos Georgiadis§
‡ BFC RAF Akrotiri, Akrotiri, Cyprus§ National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece| Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands¶ Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Rhodos, Greece
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A dead individual of Metamasius hemipterus (Linnaeus, 1758) was collected by a citizen scientist in Athens, Greece from a hand of imported bananas. The equatorial origin of the fruit as well as the extensive growth of a fungus on the specimen, both suggest an unintentional introduction as a contaminant. Nevertheless, this record highlights the valu-able contribution of citizen scientists in the study of alien species. Although the species is not presently considered as established in the country, citizen-science initiatives in order to raise awareness and monitor its presence are ongoing.

Alien species, biological invasions, citizen science, contaminant, Rhynchophorini, West Indian Sugarcane Weevil