Fopius desideratus (Bridwell, 1919)
See comments under the Fopius desideratus species group on the Fopius page.
Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
As in other members of the desideratus species group, the ovipositor is characterized by the presence of two distinct subapical nodes and the setae on the ovipositor sheath are very sparse; the frons has transverse, somewhat curved striae.
Diagnosis and Relationships
Biology / Hosts
Orginally reared from samples containing Ceratitis anonae Graham and undetermined species of Dacus (Bridwell 1919).
Biology and Behavior
Other than the original host records, almost nothing is known about the biology of this species.
Biology - Host Range Testing
Lab reared on medfly, Ceratitis capitata (Clausen et al. 1965).
Shipped to Hawaii on at least two occasions but possibly not released and certainly never recovered from release sites.