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COURI, MÁRCIA S.; SOUSA, VIVIANE R. DE; LIMA, RAFAEL M.  e  DIAS-PINI, NIVIA S.. The predator Coenosia Attenuata Stein (Diptera, Muscidae) on cultivated plants from Brazil. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2018, vol.90, n.1, pp.179-183.  Epub 19-Fev-2018. ISSN 0001-3765.

Coenosia attenuata Stein (1903) is a predatory fly that is commonly found in greenhouses and open fields preying on whiteflies, leafminers, psocopterans and other insects. The species is widespread in the Old World and its distribution has expanded in recent times to Neotropical countries including Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. We report here for the first time the presence of C. attenuata in Brazil, occurring in different sites in the State of Ceará (Northeastern Brazil). Expansion of the distribution range of this muscid to the eastern parts of South America opens up the possibility of applying the beneficial predator as a biological control agent for protected crops of the region.

Palavras-chave : Biological control; geographical distribution; hunter-fly; natural enemy; tiger-fly.

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