Pest Fruit Flies of the World


L.E. Carroll, I.M. White, A. Freidberg, A.L. Norrbom, M.J. Dallwitz, and F.C. Thompson

Anastrepha pallens Coquillett

Pseudodacus pallens Stone

Bumelia fruit fly.

Body. Body predominantly yellow, or predominantly orangish to brown.

Head. Number of frontal bristles three pairs, or four or more pairs. Number of orbital bristles one pair (very rarely 2). Anterior orbital bristle of male normal, unmodified. Posterior orbital bristles reclinate; acuminate. Ocellar bristles absent or minute, like setulae. Postocellar bristles present. With both inner and outer vertical bristles. Outer vertical, postvertical and postocellar bristles all acuminate. Postocular bristles acuminate; normal. Genal bristle present. Head higher than long. Male and female head width the same. Frontofacial angle about equal to a right angle and angular, or much greater than a right angle and rounded. Face concave; with distinct antennal grooves and carina; about as long as frons, or shorter than frons; with ventral part projected; without dark marks. Parafacial spot absent. Frons and parafacial without small silvery markings. Fronto-orbital plate setulose. Frontal stripe setulose. Eye elongate, considerably higher than long. Antenna considerably shorter than face, or about as long as face. Scape, pedicel, and first flagellomere all relatively short. First flagellomere shorter than face; rounded apically. Arista longer than first flagellomere; pubescent, with hairs about as long as greatest aristal width; hairs both dorsal and ventral. Proboscis short, capitate.

Thorax. Inner scapular bristle absent or indistinguishable from surrounding vestiture. Outer scapular bristle present and distinguishable from surrounding vestiture, or absent or indistinguishable from surrounding vestiture; dark, or pale. Postpronotal bristle present. Presutural dorsocentral bristle absent. Presutural supra-alar bristle present. Postsutural supra-alar bristle present. Acrostichal bristle present. Postsutural dorsocentral bristle present; bristles approximately aligned with or posterior to post-alar bristles. Intra-alar bristle present, well developed, similar to postalar bristle. Intrapostalar bristles absent. Number of scutellar bristles two pairs. Apical scutellar bristles as long as basals or longer, or 50%-90% as long as basals. Anterior notopleural bristle present. Posterior notopleural bristle(s) acuminate. Number of outstanding anepisternal bristles one. Katepisternal bristles absent. Anepisternal bristles dark, brown to black. Long, erect setulae on laterotergite absent. Scutal setulae acuminate and pale. Scutellum sparsely setulose. Setulae on scutellum short, decumbent; unicolorous, acuminate. Transverse suture with the lateral branches wide apart. Complete sclerotized postcoxal metathoracic bridge absent or semimembranous. Scutum yellowish, or orange-brown; without a large dark central stripe which broadens basally. Postpronotal lobe entirely pale whitish or yellowish; concolorous with lateral postsutural stripe. Posterior half of notopleuron pale whitish or yellowish (notopleuron dark anteriorly, yellow posteriorly). Scutum dorsad of notopleuron with a pale stripe which extends from the postpronotal lobe dorsad of the darker anterior notopleuron, and over posterior part of posterior notopleuron. Dark lyre-like pattern on scutum absent. Discrete shiny black spots on scutum present, or absent. Median longitudinal black stripe on scutum absent. Number of pale whitish to yellow postsutural stripes three. Pale medial postsutural stripe of scutum linear, bilobed posteriorly. Lateral postsutural stripes of scutum extending to intra-alar bristles or beyond. Scutum with blackish dorsocentral stripe, or without blackish dorsocentral stripe (only on posterior half or less of scutum). Area bordering scutoscutellar suture medially without dark brown spot, light colored. Discrete pale horizontal stripe along upper anepisternum present and distinct, extending from postpronotal lobe to wing base. Distinct pale vertical anepisternal stripe extending to postpronotal lobe. Katepisternite with pale yellowish or whitish spot present and distinct. Transverse suture covered by extension of postsutural lateral stripe. Katatergite with pale yellowish or whitish spot present and distinct. Anatergite with pale yellowish or whitish spot present and distinct. Subscutellum uniformly yellowish to pale orange-brown. Mediotergite uniformly yellowish to orange-brown. Scutum microtrichia in discrete pattern due to bare areas or completely absent; microtrichia absent or at most present on or lateral to postsutural lateral white stripe, along posterior margin, and/or along transverse suture. Dorsum of scutellum flat or slightly convex, not swollen. Scutellum normal; with one isolated dark spot, or two isolated dark spots, or three isolated dark spots; without black mark, or with a pair of mediolateral black marks or transverse medial band; with basal third to half darker orange or brown, and distinctly delimited laterally from yellowish apical part.

Legs. Femora slender. Fore femur with regular bristles; without ventral spines; with 1 to 3 posterodorsal and 1 posteroventral rows of bristles only. Mid femur and hind femur without spine-like bristles. Middle leg of male without feathering. Femora all entirely of one color; dark mark on fore femur 0% of length of femur; dark mark on middle femur 0% of length of femur; dark mark on hind femur 0% of length of femur.

Wings. Wing partly bare. Cell bc microtrichia absent, or present in apical area only, or present on anterior margin only. Cell c microtrichia absent, or present except posterior or posteromedial bare area (mostly bare). Cell dm bare on less than basal one-third. Dense microtrichia at end of vein A1+CuA2 in male absent. Dominant wing pattern cross-banded. Crossbanded wing patterns Anastrepha-like, or with bands extensively fused, distorted, or greatly reduced. Wing pattern mostly yellowish. Dark longitudinal streaks through basal cells absent. Costal band colored from wing base to cell sc. Apex of costal band not distinctly expanded. Costal band all one color, or pterostigma darker. Crossvein r-m covered by short, diffuse infuscation, or covered by short, well-defined infuscation, or covered by a major crossband. Crossvein dm-cu covered by a major crossband which reaches posterior margin of wing. Crossveins r-m and dm-cu not both covered by a single crossband. Cell r2+3 apical to r-m with large hyaline area. Cell r1 and r2+3 without darker spots within the pattern. Intercalary band absent. Subbasal crossband absent. Subbasal and discal crossbands not joined. Marginal hyaline area in cell r1 present and distinct. Ratio of width of apical band in cell r4+5 to length of r-m 0.75–1. Anterior apical crossband contiguous with costa over entire length, without marginal hyaline band or spots apically in cells r1 and r2+3. Anterior apical band or costal band extended to vein M. Posterior apical crossband absent. Costal and discal bands not joined on vein R4+5. Discal band strongly oblique in posterobasal-anteroapical direction, extended from apex of cell cup, across r-m to middle of cell r1 (discal band reduced to spot, might be coded absent), or transverse, or oblique in anterobasal-posteroapical direction, or absent. Discal and apical crossbands directly joined, or not directly joined. Discal and subapical crossbands joined along anterior wing margin or along vein R4+5, or not joined. Discal and subapical bands connected along vein R4+5, or not connected along vein R4+5. Subapical and anterior apical crossbands joined, or not joined, subapical crossband not reaching costa. Outstanding costal spine(s) at subcostal break present. Ratio of length of costal section 3 to costal section 4 0.45–0.67. Ratio of pterostigmal length to width 3.8–4.4. Vein R1 dorsal setation without bare section opposite end of vein Sc. Vein Rs dorsal setation setulose. Vein R2+3 generally straight. Anteriorly-directed accessory vein emerging from R2+3 absent. Vein R4+5 dorsal setation dense over at least proximal section; ventral setation present. Distance between crossvein r-m and costa longer than r-m. R-m crossvein on cell dm at or near middle of cell dm, or at or near distal third of cell dm (?0.59–0.64). Cell bm narrow, triangular; ratio of length to width 2.7–3; ratio of width to cell cup width 1–1.3. Vein M distally curved anterad. Cell dm widens apically gradually from base. Posterodistal corner of cell dm approximately a right angle, or distinctly obtuse. Cell cup extension or lobe present, vein CuA2 abruptly bent; shorter than vein A1+CuA2; triangular, or with parallel margins.

Abdomen. Abdomen ovate or parallel sided. Abdominal tergites separate. Abdomen in lateral view flatter, more flexible. Abdominal tergite 1 broader at apex than at base; without a prominent hump laterally. Pecten of dark bristles on tergite 3 of male absent. Tergal glands on tergite 5 absent. Abdominal tergite 5 normal. 6th tergite of female exposed; shorter than 5th. Abdominal setulae acuminate and dark, or acuminate and pale, or mixed dark and pale acuminate. Abdominal microtomentum absent. Abdominal sternite 5 of male less than 2x wider than long, not longer than wide. Abdominal tergites 3–5 predominantly yellow to orange brown. Abdominal tergites without medial dark stripe; not brown with medial T-shaped yellow mark; with broadly contiguous dark areas on lateral margins of T3-T5 (T4-T5), or with separate dark areas on anterolateral margins of T3-T5 (T3); with dark brown transverse bands which may be interrupted medially, or without dark brown transverse bands.

Male terminalia. Epandrium in posterior view rounded or oval, including the short, undifferentiated outer surstyli, or with moderately long outer surstyli, which are up to about half as long as epandrium, or with long outer surstyli, which are more than half as long as epandrium; lateral view with outer surstyli a continuation of the epandrium, or with outer surstyli distinctly narrower than epandrium, clearly differentiated. Outer surstylus shape in posterior view very short, barely extended beyond prensisetae, rounded apically. Aedeagus length 0.1–0.3 mm; ratio of length to mesonotum length 0.02–0.15.

Female terminalia. Syntergosternite 7 straight; shorter than rest of body, but longer than preabdomen; 2.9–3.7 mm; base with a laterally projecting flap; tubular. Ratio of syntergosternite 7 length to mesonotum length 0.95–1.2. Dorsobasal scales of eversible membrane apical row very large, stout, divided medially. Aculeus length 2.6–3.1 mm; tip length 0.1–0.15 mm; tip width 0.02–0.04 mm; shaft parallel-sided except extreme base. Aculeus tip slender, needle-like, with circular cross-section; fused to main part of aculeus, not movable; 15–25% serrated; with minute serration, visible only with compound microscope. Without sclerotized spermathecae (3 membranous). Spermathecae ovoid.

Miscellaneous. Male attractant: none known.

Nearctic, Neotropical. USA (s. Texas) S to Honduras & El Salvador.

Trypetinae. Toxotrypanini.

Illustrations. • Habitus female (dorsal), wing. • Wing. • Female terminalia.

Cite this publication as: ‘L.E. Carroll, I.M. White, A. Freidberg, A.L. Norrbom, M.J. Dallwitz, and F.C. Thompson. 2002 onwards. Pest fruit flies of the world. Version: 8th December 2006.’.