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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Fannia canicularis (Diptera: Fanniidae), muscid flies, lesser house fly

Agent introduced: Muscidifurax raptor (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) = Muscidifurax zaraptor Kogan and Legner, Muscidifurax uniraptor, Kogan and Legner

Imported: 1969

Import source: CIBC Trinidad

Released: 1969 and 1970

Release details: 85,000+ released nationwide in 1969-1970 but predominantly in northern North Island

Establishment: M. uniraptor is established in Hawke's Bay at least where it emerged from pupae of Fannia canicularis

Impacts on target: Unknown


Cameron PJ, Hill RL, Bain J, Thomas WP (1989). A Review of Biological Control of Invertebrate Pests and Weeds in New Zealand 1874-1987. Technical Communication No 10. CAB International Institute of Biological Control. DSIR Entomology Division. 424p.