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Leblanc L, Hossain MA, Momen M, Seheli K. 2021. New country records, annotated checklist and key to the dacine fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae: Dacini) of Bangladesh. Insecta Mundi 0880: 1–56.


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Published on August 27, 2021 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA


Thirty-four species of dacine fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) were recorded in Bangladesh, based on field surveys carried out between 2013 and 2020. Five species are reported in Bangladesh for the first time: Bactrocera aethriobasis (Hardy), B. limbifera (Bezzi), B. melania (Hardy and Adachi), B. nigrifemorata Li and Wang, and Dacus jacobi David and Sachin. The attraction of B. nigrifemorata to cue-lure is a new male lure association. An annotated checklist and illustrated key to the species are provided.

Systematic field surveys of dacine fruit flies in Bangladesh have been ongoing since 2013, initially focused on rural farmland and village environments throughout the country (Leblanc et al. 2013, 2014), and expanded to protected forest areas in 2016 (Leblanc et al. 2019b). As a result, the number of species recorded in Bangladesh has increased from seven to 15 (Leblanc et al. 2013), 20 (Leblanc et al. 2014) and 29 (Leblanc et al. 2019b). We include five new country records and one new lure association in this paper and provide an annotated checklist, with up-to-date distributions, lures, host records, and citations to published research on the ecology and control in Bangladesh for each of the 34 species.