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The pumpkin fly Dacus frontalis (Diptera: Tephritidae): A new pest of curcubits in Tunisia

Hafsi A., Abbes K., Harbi A., Ben Othmen S., Limem Sellami E., Elimem M., Ksantini M., Chermiti B.. 2015. Bulletin OEPP, 45 (2) : p. 209-213.

The pumpkin fly Dacus frontalis is reported in this paper for the first time in Tunisia, where it was found in several locations. It is a pest of cucurbits of economic importance and is common especially in the eastern and southern parts of Africa. D. frontalis was collected from infested cucumber fruits in the region of El-Jebil (Kairouan) and female bait traps for the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata and the olive fly Bactrocera oleae. Preliminary data from Tunisia suggest that D. frontalis is already established in four regions in which cucurbits are important crops. Brief notes on the diagnostic features for the species, its ecology and geographic distribution are given. Symptoms on cucumber from Tunisia are presented.

Mots-clés : tunisie

Thématique : Ravageurs des plantes

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