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Research Project: Systematics of Flies of Importance in Agroecosystems and the Environment

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

2016 Annual Report

4. Accomplishments
1. Developed new tools for unambiguous determination of pest fruit flies. New data were published that significantly improve identification capabilities for the largest and most economically important group of fruit flies in the Neotropics. New molecular markers were discovered to distinguish cryptic species in the South American fruit fly complex, which includes the most important pest fruit flies in Latin America. Twenty-eight species previously unknown to science, including species that attack guava and annonas, were named, described, and illustrated, and these species and additional character data were included in further development of an electronic identification tool for the nearly 300 species of this group. A molecular analysis of the evolutionary relationships within Anastrepha was completed. This work will be useful to scientists and regulatory agencies involved in management and control of pest fruit flies.

Review Publications
Norrbom, A.L., Rodriguez, E.J., Steck, G.J., Sutton, B.D., Nolazco Alvarado 2015. New species and host plants of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) primarily from Peru and Bolivia. Zootaxa. 4041:1-94.

Norrbom, A.L., Savaris, M., Marinoni, L. 2016. New species of Rhagoletotrypeta (Diptera: Tephritidae) from the Dominican Republic and southern Brazil and Paraguay. Zootaxa. 4088:547-554.

Rodriguez, P., Rodriguez, E.J., Norrbom, A.L., Arevalo, E. 2016. A new species and new records of Cryptodacus (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Zootaxa. 4111(3):276-290.

Sutton, B.D., Steck, G.J., Norrbom, A.L., Rodriguez, E.J., Srivastava, P., Nolazco, A., Colque, F., Yabar, L.E., Lagrava, S., Quisberth, E., Arevalo, E., Rodriguez, C., Alvarez-Baca, J.K., Guevara, Z.T., Ponce, P. 2016. Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) variation in the Anastrepha fraterculus cryptic species complex (Diptera, Tephritidae) of the Andean region. ZooKeys. 540:175-191.

Chamorro, M.L., Persson, J., Torres, S., Keularts, J., Scheffer, S.J. 2016. Molecular and morphological tools to distinguish Scyphophorus acupunctatus Gyllenhal, 1838: a new weevil pest of the endangered Eggers Agave from St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 118(2):218-243.

Chen, X.L., Norrbom, A.L., Friedberg, A., Chesters, D., Sajedul Islam, M., Zhu, C.D. 2015. A systematic study of Ichneumonosoma Meijere, Pelmatops Enderlein, Pseudopelmatops Shiraki and Soita Walker (Diptera: Tephritidae). Zootaxa. 4013:301-347.

Norrbom, A.L., Mcdiarmid, R., Chen, X.L., David, K.J., De Meyer, M., Freidberg, A., Han, H.Y., Hancock, D.L., Steck, G.J., Thompson, F.C., White, I.M., Zucchi, R.A. 2015. Cryptodacus Hendel, 1914 (Insecta: Diptera: TEPHRITIDAE): Proposed conservation by suppression of Cryptodacus Gundlach, 1862 (Reptilia: Serpentes: COLUBRIDAE). The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 72:204-208.

Papp, L., Norrbom, A.L. 2015. A review of the genus Dudaia Hedicke, 1923 (Diptera, Sphaeroceridae). Zootaxa. 4011:1-65.