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New Record of Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Poonch Division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

New Record of Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Poonch Division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Usman Zubair1*, Anjum Shehzad2, Muhammad Ishaque Mastoi3 and Khalid Mahmood1 

1Department Of Entomology; The University of Poonch Rawalakot Azad Jamu and Kashmir; 2National Insect Museum, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad, Pakistan; 3National Coordinator, Plant Protection, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad, Pakistan. 


Within the tropical Asian countries, the family Tephritidae is well represented and includes some of the most serious economic pests of fruits and vegetables around the world. The objective of this paper is to present taxonomy and new records of fruit flies. This manuscript deals with distribution records presented for species of fruit flies from Poonch Division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Taxonomic issues with specimen are discussed. The specimens were collected from seven localities including Rawalakot, Banbake, Jandali, Pakhar, Kakuta, Mandhol and Bagh (Harighel) using McPhail traps during the years 2016-2017. Specimens were identified up-to species level using taxonomic key by Mahmood and Hassan (2005) and pictorial key by Prabarker (2012). A total of 09 species of fruit fly of family Tephritidae from study sites were identified. Among these nine species, Bactrocera scutellaris, B. tau, B. nigrofemoralis, B. correcta, Dacus sphaerodalis are reported first time from Azad Jammu and Kashmir while D. longicornis is a new record from Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 


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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research


Vol. 34, Iss. 2, Pages 254-493


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