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Ceratitis aliena (Bezzi, 1920)

Ceratitis (Ceratalaspis) aliena (Bezzi)
Pardalaspis aliena Bezzi, 1920: 231.
Body length: 4.02 (3.40-4.50) mm; wing length: 3.96 (3.65-4.35) mm.

Male
Head. Antenna yellow to yellow-orange. Third antennal segment twice as long as second segment. Arista with short hairs over entire length. Frons with short scattered hairs which are largely the same colour as frons; convex, in lateral view not distinctly projecting forwards at antennal implant. Chaetotaxy normal for subgenus. Thorax. Postpronotum white, unspotted. Ground colour of mesonotum pale with orange tinge; spots pattern variable, sometimes spots confluent forming dark lateral stripes (in that case there are usually interrupted anteriorly of transverse suture). Chaetotaxy normal for subgenus. Scapular setae black, inner ones sometimes pale. One anepisternal bristle. Scutellum white basally, otherwise yellow with three black separate markings apically, extending at most till halfway dorsal surface, sometimes limited to apical margin; basally without dark spots, only slight darker colouration. Subscutellum completely dark. Legs. Yellow; setation typical for subgenus, mainly pale, especially on femora. Posterior and posterodorsal rows on fore femur pale. Wing. Bands with yellow-brown markings. Banding, marginal band with clear interruption after cell R1; cubital and medial bands joined with marginal band; crossvein r-m before middle of discal cell. Crossvein dm-cu posteriorly more inwards than anteriorly. Extension cup sometimes weakly sinoid. Abdomen. Pale yellow or more brownish. Setation and banding typical for subgenus.
Female
As male except for the following characters:
Crossvein r-m rarely at middle. Oviscape shorter than abdominal terga 3-6 combined combined.
(Description after De Meyer, 1998)
See description of Ceratitis aliena (Bezzi, 1920) in source PDF.
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© Marc de Meyer, MRAC

Source: Afrotropical Fruitfly Project

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