Ceratitis capitata is not present in Suriname
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname that Ceratitis capitata (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) is not present in Suriname and has never been found in this country. The EPPO record of C. capitata in Suriname appearing in PQR was based on the CABI map where a foot-note stated that 'Foote, B.A. 1980 USDA Tech. Bull. 1600 p 23 records specimen from Suriname'. This record appears to be false. Since August 1986, surveys have been carried out on another fruit fly, Bactrocera carambolae (EPPO A1 quarantine pest - see also EPPO RS 96/063). Many fruits have been collected over the years in various locations, and in addition Jackson traps baited with trimedlure (which specifically attracts C. capitata) have been located in and around Paramaribo. Ceratitis capitata has never been found in the few traps used, or recovered from the extensive number of fruits examined. The official authorities of Suriname conclude that C. capitata should be considered as absent from the country.
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, 1996-07.