Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly , CERCA) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-103107 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 20 Feb 2012 last updated: 08 Aug 2014
Organism information
Ceratitis capitata
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Family Tephritidae
Genus Ceratitis
Species capitata
  • Mediterranean fruit fly
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  • CERCA
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Insects
Wild
Characteristics related to biosafety
Centre of origin believed to be the Mediterranean and north African regions.
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Medfly has the ability to tolerate cooler climates better than most other species of fruit flies. Some adults may survive up to six months or more under favourable conditions of food (fruit, honeydew, or plant sap), water, and cool temperatures.
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Ceratitis capitata is a serious pest to many crops. Damage to crops caused by C. capitata results from:
Oviposition in fruit and soft tissues of vegetative parts of certain plants; Feeding by the larvae; Decomposition of plant tissue by invading secondary microorganisms.
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Additional Information
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