The key contains characters to differentiate between adults of 23 fruit fly species of the subfamily Dacinae, that are considered of economic significance to the European Union region and associated regions. The short list of 23 species includes the three target fruit flies (Bactrocera dorsalis, B. zonata and Ceratitis capitata) and a number of species closely related to these. It was composed after consultation with different potential end-users (NPPOs,the European Reference Laboratories for Insects and Mites, EPPO). In addition, for each species a condensed datasheet is provided with the basic information regarding morphology, biology, host range, distribution, impact and management. Also, links to more extended information sources have been included for each species.
This key is composed within the framework of the EU H2020 project “FF-IPM” (In-silico boosted pest prevention off-season focus IPM against new and emerging fruit flies, H2020 grant agreement Nr 818184). The permission by Plant Health Australia (PHA) for use of some of their images and character states is greatly acknowledged. Copyright of these images remain with PHA.
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