EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2006 Num. article: 2006/228

First report of Bactrocera latifrons in Tanzania

The presence of Bactrocera latifrons (Diptera: Tephritidae – EU Annexes) is reported for the first time in Tanzania. This is also the first record for Africa. In May 2006, 2 female specimens were caught in a protein bait trap at Morogoro, Tanzania. The trap had been placed in a citrus tree but aubergines (Solanum aethiopica) were grown in the near vicinity. B. latifrons is a fruit fly species of Asian origin which mainly attacks solanaceous crops (e.g. aubergines and tomatoes). Its currently known distribution is as follows:
Asia: Brunei Darussalam, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Africa: Tanzania.
America: USA (Hawaii only).


Tephritid Workers Database
Alert! New invasive Bactrocera species in Africa : Bactrocera latifrons (dated 2006-10-13). http://www.tephritid.org/twd/srv/en/home