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<em>Zeugodacus atrisetosus</em>

Zeugodacus atrisetosus

Previous scientific names: Bactrocera (Austrodacus) atrisetosa, Bactrocera (Paratridacus) atrisetosa, Zeugodacus atrisetosus, Melanodacus atrisetosus, Dacus (Paratridacus) atrisetosus


Morphological – adult

Medium sized species. Features include;

  • small fuscous facial spots present
  • postpronotal lobes and notopleura yellow
  • scutum red-brown with irregularly shaped fuscous markings, mesopleural stripe reaching midway between anterior margin of notopleuron and anterior npl. seta, lateral postsutural vittae beginning anterior to mesonotal suture, medial postsutural vitta present, scutellum yellow; wing with a narrow fuscous costal band and anal streak, cells bc and c pale fulvous with microtrichia in outer ½ of cell c only
  • abdominal terga III-V orange-brown occasionally with fuscous on lateral margins of tergum III and generally with narrow medial fuscous band on tergum V
  • posterior lobe of male surstylus long
  • female with aculeus tip blunt trilobed (Drew 1989; pers. comm. Drew 2010).

Morphological – larvae

Not available.


DNA barcoding

BOLD reference data not available.


BsrI: Data not available

HinfI: Data not available

HhaI: Data not available

Sau3AI: Data not available

SnaBI: Data not available

SspI: Data not available

Vspl: Data not available


Data not available.

Host Range

This species has been reared from eight host species in seven genera and three families, and is mainly associated with cucurbits: watermelons, honeydew and rock melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchini, luffa and tomatoes (Leblanc et al. 2012).

Major commercial hosts:

  • Citrullus lanatus (watermelon)
  • Cucurbita pepo (ornamental gourd)
  • Cucumis sativus (cucumber)
  • Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato)

Similar species

Zeugodacus atrisetosus is very similar in appearance to the endemic Z. cucumis but differs in having prescutellar and supra-alar setae present. In common with Z. cucumis it also lacks pecten.

Pest Status

  • Exotic
  • Medium level pest species


No known record. Protein or orange ammonia traps are the only alternative to fruit rearing.