Dacus (genus)

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Dacus Fabricius, 1805

This genus of fruit flies contains around 300 species, however, the taxonomic assignment of various species is still in need of a revision.

The species are native in tropical and subtropical parts of Africa, Asia and the Australian/Pacific region. Introductions/interceptions have been reported from North America but the genus has not become established there.

Several species are regarded as agricultural pests that attack fruits of cucurbits and solanaceous crops.

Type species: Dacus armatus

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