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

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Redescription, lectotype designation and new records of Anastrepha luederwaldti Lima (Diptera, Tephritidae)

Author
item Uramoto, Keiko - Universidad De Sao Paulo
item Norrbom, Allen
item Zucchi, Roberto - Universidad De Sao Paulo

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/3/2016
Publication Date: 9/15/2016
Citation: Uramoto, K., Norrbom, A.L., Zucchi, R.A. 2016. Redescription, lectotype designation and new records of Anastrepha luederwaldti Lima (Diptera, Tephritidae). Zootaxa. 4168:341-346.

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 redescribes a previously poorly known species from southern Brazil belonging to a group that includes pests of citrus, mango, and many other tropical fruit crops. This species could not be recognized from the limited original description. New information on its morphology, diagnostic characters, and distribution is provided along with new images that together can be used to distinguish this species from others 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: The previously poorly known species Anastrepha luederwaldti Lima, 1934 is redescribed based on a reexamination of the syntypes from São Paulo and additional specimens from Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A lectotype is designated.