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Bactrocera dorsalis.jpg
Bactrocera dorsalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tephritidae
Subfamily: Dacinae
Tribe: Dacini
Genus: Bactrocera
Macquart, 1835

B. correcta
B. cucurbitae
B. dorsalis
B. invadens
B. oleae
B. papayae
B. tryoni
B. zonata
Hundreds more

549 species

Bactrocera is a large genus of tephritid fruit flies, with more than 500 species currently described.


The genus name is derived from Ancient Greek bakter "rod" and kera "horn".

Bactrocera sp. flies on an Anthurium inflorescence smelling of methyl eugenol


Many subgenera are defined within this genus:

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Drew, R.A.I. & Raghu, S. (2002). The fruit fly fauna (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of the rainforest habitat of the Western Ghats, India. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 50(2):327-352. PDF (with key to Indian Bactrocera species) - (description of new species B. amarambalensis, B. apiconigroscutella, B. neoarecae, B. neonigrotibialis, B. paraosbeckiae, B. paraverbascifoliae, B. penecorrecta, B. pseudoversicolor, B. yercaudiae and B. binoyi)
  • Courtice, A. C. (2006). Of Peaches and Maggots, The Story of Queensland Fruit Fly. Published by Hillside Books ( Keywords: History of Entomology; history of Tephritidae - pest species; origin of Tephritidae - pest species; history of Queensland fruit fly; History of Dacus tryoni; History of Mediterranean fruit fly, Med fly; history of Ceratitis capitata; history of Oriental fruit fly; history of Dacus dorsalis; history of Melon fly; history of Dacus cucurbitae.

External links[edit]

On the UF / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site