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Title: New Cryptodacus (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Panama with a key to the known species

item Norrbom, Allen

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/14/2008
Publication Date: 5/21/2008
Citation: Norrbom, A.L., Korytkowski, C.A. 2008. New Cryptodacus (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Panama with a key to the known species. Zootaxa. 1773:31-43.

Interpretive Summary: The family of true fruit flies includes numerous pests of fruits and vegetables which worldwide cause billions of dollars in agricultural losses annually. Most of the pest species that threaten U.S. agriculture are exotic, but the faunas of many tropical areas are poorly known. To exclude the pest species better knowledge of the taxonomy of these areas is needed. This paper describes 2 new fruit fly species from Central America that are related to pests of apple, cherries and other fruits. Descriptions and illustrations of the new species are provided so that they will not be confused with the pests. This information will be of use to regulatory agencies such as APHIS-PPQ and to scientists studying fruit flies or the biota of Central America.

Technical Abstract: Cryptodacus trinotatus Norrbom & Korytkowski, new species, and C. univittatus Norrbom & Korytkowski, new species, are described from Panama. New distribution records are reported for C. obliquus Hendel (Panama), C. ornatus Norrbom (Ecuador), and C. tau (Foote) (Costa Rica). A key to the species of the genus is provided.