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Title: New species and records of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Brazil

item Norrbom, Allen
item UCHOA, M. - University Of Brazil

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/22/2011
Publication Date: 4/28/2011
Citation: Norrbom, A.L., Uchoa, M.A. 2011. New species and records of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Brazil. Zootaxa. 2835:61-67.

Interpretive Summary: The family of true fruit flies includes numerous major agricultural pests throughout the world. The majority of species that are pests in the American tropics and subtropics, and that threaten fruit industries in the southern United States, belong to a large group that contains more than 200 species. Precise taxonomic data are necessary to recognize the pest species in this group. In this paper, three species from Brazil are recognized and described for the first time, and additional data on the morphological variation and geographic distribution of a fourth species are provided. Identification tools (descriptions and illustrations) are provided for these species. The ability to recognize them is essential to regulatory agencies such as APHIS-PPQ to prevent the spread of pest species. The information provided will also be valuable to scientists studying the biology and control of these species.

Technical Abstract: Three new species of Anastrepha from Brazil are described and illustrated: A. matogrossensis (Mato Grosso), A. oiapoquensis (Amapá), and A. siculigera (Amapá). Anastrepha rafaeli Norrbom & Korytkowski also is reported from the state of Tocantins.