Ceratitis (genus)

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Author: Valérie Balmès, Laboratoire de la santé des végétaux, ANSES, Montferrier-sur-Lez, France

Ceratitis MacLeay, 1829

The genus includes around 90 species of fruit flies which are mainly found in Africa. It contains several important pest species, above all Ceratitis capitata which is now wide-spread in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world.

The genus can be recognized by the 3 black spots (marks or stripes) on the scutellum. For a taxonomic review of the genus see De Meyer, 2005.

Type species: Ceratitis citriperda (now synonymized with C. capitata).

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: