Historical perspective on the synonymization of the four major pest species belonging to the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera, tephritidae)

Alvin K W Hee, Wee Suk Ling, Ritsuo Nishida, Hajime Ono, Jorge Hendrichs, David S. Haymer, Keng Hong Tan

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Abstract

An FAO/IAEA-sponsored coordinated research project on integrative taxonomy, involving close to 50 researchers from at least 20 countries, culminated in a significant breakthrough in the recognition that four major pest species, Bactrocera dorsalis, B. philippinensis, B. papayae and B. invadens, belong to the same biological species, B. dorsalis. The successful conclusion of this initiative is expected to significantly facilitate global agricultural trade, primarily through the lifting of quarantine restrictions that have long affected many countries, especially those in regions such as Asia and Africa that have large potential for fresh fruit and vegetable commodity exports. This work stems from two taxonomic studies: a revision in 1994 that significantly increased the number of described species in the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex; and the description in 2005 of B. invadens, then newly incursive in Africa. While taxonomically valid species, many biologists considered that these were different names for one biological species. Many disagreements confounded attempts to develop a solution for resolving this taxonomic issue, before the FAO/IAEA project commenced. Crucial to understanding the success of that initiative is an accounting of the historical events and perspectives leading up to the international, multidisciplinary collaborative efforts that successfully achieved the final synonymization. This review highlights the 21 year journey taken to achieve this outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-338
Number of pages16
JournalZooKeys
Volume2015
Issue number540
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • B. invadens
  • B. papayae
  • B. philippinensis
  • Bactrocera dorsalis species complex
  • Integrative taxonomy
  • Synonymization

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Historical perspective on the synonymization of the four major pest species belonging to the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera, tephritidae). / Hee, Alvin K W; Suk Ling, Wee; Nishida, Ritsuo; Ono, Hajime; Hendrichs, Jorge; Haymer, David S.; Tan, Keng Hong.

In: ZooKeys, Vol. 2015, No. 540, 2015, p. 323-338.

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Hee, Alvin K W ; Suk Ling, Wee ; Nishida, Ritsuo ; Ono, Hajime ; Hendrichs, Jorge ; Haymer, David S. ; Tan, Keng Hong. / Historical perspective on the synonymization of the four major pest species belonging to the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera, tephritidae). In: ZooKeys. 2015 ; Vol. 2015, No. 540. pp. 323-338.
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