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item Norrbom, Allen

Submitted to: Diptera Data Dissemination Disk
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/2000
Publication Date: 2/22/2004
Citation: Norrbom, A.L. 2004. Host plant database for anastrepha and toxotrypana (diptera: tephritidae: toxotrypanini).. Diptera Data Dissemination Disk. CD - not a journal

Interpretive Summary: The family Tephritidae (true fruit flies) includes numerous major agricultural pests throughout the world. Anastrepha is the largest fruit fly genus in the Americas, with almost 200 known species. It and Toxotrypana are the most economically important genera in the Amercian tropics and subtropics, including major pests of crops such as citrus, mango, guava, peach, sapodilla, and many others. Biosystematic information, including which species of fly attack which crops and where they occur, is essential for regulatory agencies to prevent the spread of the pest species. This database makes available all of the published host plant data for the species of Anastrepha and Toxotrypana in a flexible, easily accessible format. It includes 5260 records, involving more than 320 plant species. This information can be searched by plant or fly name or by any of the other fields included in the database, allowing the users to access the data to match their needs. This information will be especially valuable to regulatory agencies and also to scientists studying the biology and control of these species.

Technical Abstract: Published host plant records for the species of Anastrepha Schiner and Toxotrypana Gerstaecker were compiled in a FileMakerPro database. Over 5200 records involving more than 320 plant species are included. The database consists of four related files, one with the main records, one with plant data, one with reference information, and one with help information. Users can search and sort the data by any of the 35 fields, including the valid and original fly and plant names, the common name of the plant used in the original records, and origin of the host plant (native or exotic to the range of the fly), and the type of relatioship (e.g. natural or artificial host) or reference (primary or citation).