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Research Project: Systematics of Beetles, Flies, Moths and Wasps with an Emphasis on Agricultural Pests, Invasive Species, Biological Control Agents, and Food Security

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: A new species of the Anastrepha pseudoparallela group (Diptera Tephritidae) with a synopsis of the group in Brazil

item ARAUJO, ALEXANDRE - Luiz De Queiroz College Of Agriculture (ESALQ)
item Norrbom, Allen
item ZUCCHI, R. - Luiz De Queiroz College Of Agriculture (ESALQ)
item SAVARIS, MARCOANDRE - Luiz De Queiroz College Of Agriculture (ESALQ)

Submitted to: Neotropical Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/9/2024
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: The true fruit fly genus Anastrepha is the largest and most agriculturally important in the American tropics and subtropics. It includes more than 330 species and major pests of commercial crops such as citrus, mango and guava. Although a few species occur in southern Texas or Florida, most of the pest species are exotic. This publication includes the description and formal naming of a previously unknown species from Brazil whose larvae develop in the fruit of two species of passion fruit. The status of the most closely related species, which also attack passion fruits, that occur in Brazil is also reviewed. The information in this publication is critical to APHIS-PPQ and other action agencies charged with preventing the entry of invasive pest species into the USA, as well as other scientists concerned with the biology or control of pest fruit flies.

Technical Abstract: The genus Anastrepha contains some of the most important fruit pests in the Americas. It comprises more than 300 species, of which 128 occur in Brazil. The genus is divided into 26 species groups, including the pseudoparallela group with 31 species, whose known host plants are primarily fruits of the genus Passiflora (Passifloraceae). Thirteen species are recorded in Brazil. Here, a new species of Anastrepha reared from fruits of Passiflora actinia Hook. and Passiflora elegans Mast. from southern Brazil is described and illustrated. In addition, a synopsis of the Brazilian species of the pseudoparallela group is provided.