Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

A new invasive species in Turkey: Dacus ciliatus Loew, 1862 (Diptera: Tephritidae).

Abstract

In 2018, a problem that emerged in cucumber cultivation areas of southeastern Anatolia Region (Diyarbakır, Mardin, Siirt and Şırnak) was investigated. Dacus ciliatus Loew, 1862 (Diptera: Tephritidae) was found in the region causing damage to melons and watermelons. Dacus ciliatus is a polyphagous species, included on in the European quarantine list by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, that causes economic losses in plants, especially in the Cucurbitaceae. This report of D. ciliatus is the first for agriculture and the fauna Tephritidae in Turkey.