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An adult female fruit fly, family Tephritidae

The Tephritidae are one of two fly families known as fruit flies. The other family is the Drosophilidae.

There are nearly 5,000 species of tephritid fruit fly in almost 500 genera of the Tephritidae.[1][2] Description and genetic analyses are constantly changing the taxonomy of this family.[3] To distinguish them from the Drosophilidae, the Tephritidae are sometimes called 'peacock flies'.


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  1. Merz B. 1994. Diptera Tephritidae. Insecta Helvetica Fauna 10: 1-198.
  2. Allen L. Norrbom 2004. Fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) phylogeny. The Diptera Site. Agricultural Research Service. Archived from the original on July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. [1]
  3. Foote R.H. & Steyskal G.C. 1981 Tephritidae. in: McAlpine J.F. (ed) Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, pp. 817–831.ISBN 0660107317 pdf