Pacific Fruit Fly Project

Pacifly is the Pacific 's fruit fly web page which contains information about economic and non economic species of fruit flies in all the Pacific Island Countries and Territorries. Fruitflies are serious pests throughout tropical and sub tropical countries. They constitute of one of the worlds major insect pest in fresh fruits and fleshy vegetables. In every PICT, there is at least one damaging endemic fruit fly species present. Fruitflies cause direct losses to  fruit production and  in instances  where exotic species became established in a country, very expensive eradication programes had to be carried out. The Pacifly aims to provide detailed information of everything related to Fruit flies.

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Tuvalu is composed of nine groups of low islands (129 islets, 26 km²). Fruit fly traps were temporarily set up in 1993 and 1996 to survey fruit flies. Permanent trapping sites for quarantine surveillance were established in 1998. For additional information, please contact:

Mr. Sam Panapa, Head of Plant Protection & Quarantine,
Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Natural Resources
Private Mail Bag, Funafuti, Tuvalu;
Tel: (688) 20 825 / 20 186; Fax: 688 20 826;
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FRUIT FLY SPECIES: One species is known: Bactrocera new species near passiflorae. It is closely related to B. passiflorae, but has a pale abdomen. Its host range and pest status have not been studied.

STATUS OF QUARANTINE SURVEILLANCE (as of October 2007): There are 23 trapping sites on  7 islands : Niulakita, Nukulaelae, Funafuti, Niutao, Vaitupu, Nanumea and Nanumanga. Each site has a cue lure and a methyl eugenol trap. An extensive host fruit survey was carried out in January 2004 covering the 7 islands stated above.  This survey is the first fruit fly host survey carried out on Tuvalu.  A total of 89 samples of various fruits which included papaya, tropical almonds, breadfruit, banana, plantain, pandanus fruit, noni (Morinda citrifolia) and coastal wild fruits were collected. There are plans to carry out regular surveys (at least 3 surveys a year). As part of the surveillance program a nation wide public awareness program is also carried out.   There are fruit fly posters and quarantine bins at the airport. There is also a quarantine awareness program on the radio.

Panapa, S. 1996. [Emergency response plan for Tuvalu]. Draft. 7pp.
Tora Vueti, E., Allwood, A.J., Leweniqila, L., Ralulu, L., Balawakula, A., Malau, A., Sales, F., Peleti, K. 1997. Fruit fly fauna in Fiji, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau and Nauru. pp. 60-63 in: Allwood, A.J., and Drew, R.A.I. 1997. Management of fruit flies in the Pacific. ACIAR Proceedings No 76. 267pp.

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