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

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: A new species of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) reared from Passiflora putumayensis (Passifloraceae) in Ecuador

item TIGRERO, JUAN - University Of The Armed Forces
item Norrbom, Allen

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/2/2020
Publication Date: 12/8/2020
Citation: Tigrero, J., Norrbom, A.L. 2020. A new species of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) reared from Passiflora putumayensis (Passifloraceae) in Ecuador. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 122(4):982-991.

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 300 species. Knowledge of which species occur in which countries and which plants each attacks is critical to effectively regulate trade with these countries and prevent the introduction of pest species into the USA. In this paper, a previously unknown species from Ecuador reared from a species of passion fruit is described, and diagnostic data and illustrations are provided to distinguish it from related species. This information and the ability to recognize the pests and most similar species is essential to regulatory agencies such as APHIS-PPQ to prevent the spread of pest species.

Technical Abstract: Anastrepha otongensis (Diptera: Tephritidae), a new species reared from fruit of Passiflora putumayensis Killip (Passifloraceae), is described and illustrated. The type series was collected at San Francisco de las Pampas, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.