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Pest status of Bactrocera dorsalis (previously known as Bactrocera invadens) in South Africa

Publication Date
Fri, 13 Feb 2015, 10:21
Last Updated
Feb. 13, 2015, 10:21 a.m.
Report Number
South Africa
Pest Id
Bactrocera dorsalis - (DACUDO)
Report Status
Citrus spp. and other commodities including mango, guava, tomato, pepper (Capsicum spp.) and several wild African fruits produced or present in these areas in South Africa are under threat.
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: subject to official control
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official control
Geographical Distribution
Bactrocera dorsalis is considered to be present, actionable and under official control in the above mentioned provinces of South Africa and their associated Municipal Districts. Bactrocera dorsalis is absent in the following areas: •Gert Sibande District Municipality, North West province, Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality and Dr Ruth S. Mompati District Municipality in Mpumalanga province; •Amajuba District Municipality, uMgungundlovu District Municipality, uMzinyathi District Municipality, uThukela District Municipality and the Zululand District Municipality in Kwazulu Natal province,; •Namakwa District Municipality and Pixley ka Seme District Municipality in Northern Cape province; •The City of Johannesburg, West Rand, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng in Gauteng province,; •Free State, Eastern Cape and, Western Cape provinces. There were no detections of B. dorsalis for more than 12 weeks, or three life cycles, after the last fruit fly was detected in the John Taolo Gaetsewe, Frances Baard and Z.F. Mgcawu District Municipality in the Northern Cape province, after July 2014. The status of the pest in these areas including the whole of the Northern Cape province is now Absent: Pest eradicated or no longer present.

Bactrocera dorsalis is only present in the listed District Municipalities (Under Status of Pest) and is absent from other areas of South Africa.

Bactrocera dorsalis is subject to official control in the affected areas in accordance with the South African Bactrocera invadens Action Plan.
Contact for info
Ms T.M Ratshilingano Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Private Bag x14 Gezina 0031 Email: [email protected]
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