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Anastrepha and Toxotrypana:
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Allen L. Norrbom, Cheslavo A. Korytkowski, Roberto A. Zucchi, Keiko Uramoto, George L. Venable, Jerrett McCormick and Michael J. Dallwitz

Toxotrypana recurcauda Tigrero


Body. Setae red brown, or dark red brown.

Head. Frons with brown band or mark including ocellar tubercle and extending to eye margin (also brown anteriorly). Occiput with brown marks only on medial sclerite, or with 3 separate or 1 large trilobed brown area on medial and lateral sclerites. Medial occipital sclerite with only medial brown vitta or spot. Frontal setae 2–5 (relatively small and weak). Orbital setae small, weak, or absent. Ocellar seta weak, small or absent. Gena with brown spot below eye. Facial carina in profile concave or flat on dorsal 2/3, or produced near midheight (occasionally slightly produced). Face with ventral part gradually tapered laterally; without brown markings, or with brown markings. Facial carina without brown markings, or with brown marking on ventral margin (sometimes divided medially), or with dorsal brown spot or vitta that is broader dorsally. Antennal groove with brown vitta or ventral spot on side of carina. Face without whitish markings. Antenna not extended to ventral margin of face. Arista of male without preapical expansion. Palpus in lateral view evenly setulose.

Thorax. Postpronotal lobe and notopleuron postpronotal lobe nonmicrotrichose, notopleuron mostly microtrichose. Scutum nonmicrotrichose (except postsutural margin lateral to postsutural supra-alar seta). Scutellum disc mostly or entirely without microtrichia. Postpronotal, presutural supra-alar, dorsocentral, intra-alar and scutellar setae absent or small and weak, much shorter than scutellum length. Acrostichal seta small, weak, or absent. Basal scutellar seta weak, shorter than scutellum (usually), or absent. Katepisternal seta absent. Scutum pale sublateral postsutural vitta extended posteriorly to intra-alar seta, or not extended posteriorly to intra-alar seta (posterior end of brown sublateral vitta sometimes entended laterally). Scutum posteriorly with brown or orange brown band or other transverse marking or larger posteromedial mark. Scutum with 2–3 pairs of brown vittae. Submedial scutal vittae connected to posteromedial brown mark. Scutellum with brown band on sides and apex. Mesopleuron mostly yellow to orange, with dark brown spots or bands on at least anepisternum, katepisternum and anepimeron. Anatergite with complete brown sublateral vitta. Femora at least one femur partly to entirely brown. Fore femur with posterodorsal and ventral rows of setae weak, barely differentiated from setulae.

Wings. Wing pattern with basal half of S-band reduced to streak in cubital cells, costal band continuous to wing apex, proximal arm of V-band variable. Cell bm entirely hyaline or infuscated only along subapical fold. Subapical hyaline area in radial cells distal to r-m S-band entirely covering cell r2+3 distal to r-m. S-band distal section without marginal hyaline band or spots in cell r2+3 or near apices of R2+3 or R4+5. V-band proximal arm absent or diffuse and much paler than apical half of S-band. V-band distal arm absent. S-band distal section width ratio (width of S-band/width of cell r2+3, both measured perpendicular to costal margin at apex of vein R2+3) 1. Vein R2+3 strongly sinuous. Costa in male with 2–3 rows of setulae on anterior margin between crossvein h and apex of vein R1 much stouter than setulae on dorsal and ventral sides and more distally.

Abdomen. Abdomen petiolate, syntergite 1+2 with basal part narrow and parallel-sided and apical part distinctly broader. Abdominal tergite with brown markings. Oviscape strongly dorsally arched. Eversible membrane with dorsobasal denticles all sclerotized, in continuous triangular to semicircular or suboval pattern. Aculeus tip lateral margins not curved dorsally; not flared outward at or proximal to base.


Data recording inadequate. Sex of recorded specimens: male and female.

Biology and economic significance

This species may be a minor or potential pest of papaya (Carica papaya L.) or Annona cherimola Mill., its only recorded hosts. Refer to the Tephritidae databases (see Links) for host plant information.


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