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Vol. 63. Issue 4.
Pages 275-276 (October - December 2019)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.rbe.2019.07.001
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First record of Anastrepha bahiensis Lima (Diptera: Tephritidae) infesting fruits of Averrhoa carambola L. in the eastern Amazon, Brazil
Thayná Pereira Façanhaa, Walkymário de Paulo Lemosb,
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, Leandro Carvalho da Silvab, Ana Ruth Ferreira Ramosb, Janisete Gomes Silvac
a Universidade Federal do Pará, Programa de Pós Graduação em Agriculturas Amazônicas (PPGAA), Belém, PA, Brazil
b Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, Laboratório de Entomologia, Belém, PA, Brazil
c Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Ilhéus, BA, Brazil
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We report for the first time field infestation under natural conditions by Anastrepha bahiensis on star fruit (Averrhoa carambola L., Oxalidaceae) in the state of Pará, Eastern Amazon, Brazil. This report reinforces the importance of field infestation studies on fruit flies in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Anastrepha Schiner, 1868 is the most diverse and economically important genus within the Tephritidae family in the New World, where it is endemic. This genus comprises over 300 species distributed in 28 species groups based on morphology and host use (Uramoto et al., 2008; Uchôa and Nicácio, 2010; Norrbom et al., 2012, 2018).

In Brazil, there are currently 121 species of Anastrepha, out of which 61 species have been reported in the northern region of Brazil (Zucchi and Moraes, 2008), and 22 species have been reported in the state of Pará, in the Eastern Amazon (Lemos et al., 2011a). The majority of the most polyphagous and economically important species belong to the fraterculus group, which currently encompasses 38 species such as Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann, 1830), A. obliqua (Macquart, 1835), A. sororcula Zucchi, 1979, and A. zenildae Zucchi, 1979 (Zucchi, 2000; Norrbom et al., 2018). However, depending on the region of the country, other species may assume primary pest status and be important due to the type of hosts they attack and their relative abundance (Lemos et al., 2011b).

Anastrepha bahiensis Lima, 1937 has already been reported in nine Brazilian states infesting a total of 14 hosts species in the families Annonaceae, Rosaceae, and Ulmaceae, with a marked preference for Moraceae, and Myrtaceae. In the Amazon region, this species had been previously reported the in the states of Amazonas, Amapá, and Roraima (Zucchi and Moraes, 2008; Zucchi et al., 2011).

In a preliminary host survey (data unpublished), we detected A. bahiensis infesting star fruit (Averrhoa carambola L., Oxalidaceae), and thus, we wanted to confirm both new records of this species in the state of Pará as well as the newly reported host. Therefore, we collected star fruit in Marapanim (01°00′24.9″S, 047°38′00.3″W), in the northeastern region of the state of Pará in 2016. Two samplings were carried out. Ripe fruits were randomly collected from the trees and newly fallen fruit were collected from the ground. We counted, weighed, and placed the collected fruit in plastic trays with a layer of vermiculite, which were covered with voile cloth until larvae emerged and pupated. We placed all pupae obtained in 30-mL plastic containers with a layer of vermiculite and covered with voile cloth until emergence of adults. Voucher specimens were deposited at Embrapa Amazônia Oriental.

We collected a total of 41 fruits weighing 3kg from which 130 fruit fly pupae were recovered. A total of 30 adults (3 ♂ and 27 ♀) emerged (23%). This low emergence may indicate that fruits of A. carambola are serving only as repositories for the fruit flies recorded in our study. According to Souza Filho (1999), infestation rates can indicate a particular fruit species importance as fruit flies host and be an indicator of population level, allowing to know the susceptibility of the host to a specific pest. However, plant species, their genotypes and climatic conditions are factors that influence the degree of infestation of fruit flies in different hosts (Branco, 1999).

The adults belonged to three distinct species: A. obliqua, A. fraterculus, and A. bahiensis, with 17, 7 and 3 individuals, respectively. The rates of puparia infestation by fruit were 3.7 (soil) and 2.7 (plant), and by weight were 47.7 (soil) and 17.8 (plant). Pupae viability rates ranged from 17.8 to 27.0% in plant and soil samples, respectively.

Our results report for the first time field infestation under natural conditions by A. bahiensis on A. carambola in the state of Pará, Eastern Amazon, Brazil. Until the beginning of this decade, there were records of A. bahiensis for only two Amazonian states: Amapá and Amazonas (Zucchi et al., 2011). In 2011, it was reported also in the state of Roraima (Marsaro Júnior et al., 2011). Therefore, the relevance of our research is that our results elucidated the current knowledge regarding the distribution of A. bahiensis in Brazil and also recognized yet another host in a new family to the list of 14 known hosts for A. bahiensis (Zucchi and Moraes, 2008). Star fruit is an exotic tree species in Brazil, and heretofore there were records of its infestation by only five tephritid species (A. fraterculus, A. obliqua, A. sororcula, A. striata, and Ceratitis capitata) in Pará (Lemos et al., 2011a).

The Brazilian Amazon is a vast and species-rich region with many different fruit-bearing species that host populations of tephritids. Lapses and gaps in monitoring and management could facilitate development of tephritid damage to fruit crops, and this may in turn allow tephritids to become an agronomic pest of regional importance. Our results reinforce the importance of ongoing and future field infestation studies on fruit flies in the Brazilian Amazon.


All authors conceived the research and went to field to perform the experiment. The first author wrote a first version of the manuscript and all authors contributed equally reviewing critically the manuscript for important content. All authors approved the final version of this paper.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


We would like to thank Moacyr Bernardino Dias-Filho (Embrapa Amazônia Oriental) and Carter Robert Miller for the critical review of the manuscript. Thanks are also due to the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – CNPq for the Graduate Fellowship awarded to T.P. Façanha and the Research Fellowships granted to W.P. Lemos and J.G. Silva. This study had financial support from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico.

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