Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

  • Gary J. Steck
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3902
The family Tephritidae is a member of the large and phylogenetically complicated group known as acalyptrate flies.
  • Order: Diptera
    • Suborder: Brachycera
      • Infraorder: Muscomorpha
        • Section: Schizophora
          • Subsection: Acalyptratae
            • Superfamily: Tephritoidea

Other families included in the same superfamily are Lonchaeidae, Pallopteridae, Piophilidae, Platystomatidae, Pyrgotidae, Richardiidae, and Ulidiidae (= Otitidae).

The family comprises over 4,300 described species, which are distributed throughout temperate and tropical regions of the world. The Tephritidae may be further subdivided into six subfamilies, Tachiniscinae, Blepharoneurinae, Phytalmiinae, Trypetinae, Dacinae, and Tephritinae. Only the subfamilies Trypetinae and Tephritinae are represented in all of the major biogeographic regions.

Other insects are sometimes called “fruit flies,” particularly the Drosophilidae, but they are not closely related.


One of the prominent features of the family is the presence in females of a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary J. Steck
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA