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

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: A new species and new records of Cryptodacus (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru

item RODRIGUEZ, PEDRO - Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario
item RODRIGUEZ, ERICK - Florida Department Of Agriculture
item Norrbom, Allen
item AREVALO, EMILIO - Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2016
Publication Date: 5/16/2016
Citation: 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.

Interpretive Summary: Fruit flies include some of the most important pests of fruits and vegetables worldwide. The majority of the pest species are exotic and are threats to American agriculture. To prevent their introduction to the U.S., knowledge of the taxomomy, distribution, and biology of all fruit flies is critical. This includes how to identify them, knowing where they occur, and which plants they attack. This paper describes a previously unknown species of a group that includes pests of apples, cherries, eggplant and tomato. New distribution information is provided for three other species. Identification tools (descriptions, illustrations, identification key) are provided to distinguish them from other species of the group. This information will be useful to APHIS-PPQ and other regulatory agencies as well as scientists studying the biology of these flies.

Technical Abstract: Cryptodacus bernardoi Rodriguez & Rodriguez, new species, is described from Colombia. It was reared from fruits of Phoradendron sp. near piperoides (Kunth) Trel. New distribution records are reported for Cryptodacus ornatus Norrbom from Colombia and Peru, for Cryptodacus trinotatus Norrbom & Korytkowski from Colombia, and for Cryptodacus obliquus Hendel from Bolivia and Peru. The female of C. obliquus is described for the first time. A modification to the key to species to allow the identification of C. bernardoi is provided.