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UK Risk Register Details for Zeugodacus cucurbitae

This record was last updated on 07/01/2021

Common Names

  • melon fly
  • melon fruit fly

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Fruits or vegetables
  • Soil/growing medium

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 12

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated quarantine pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 2
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 12

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
United Kingdom Absent
North America
United States Present (Limited)
Oceania Present
Australia Present (Limited)
Kiribati Present
Nauru Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Solomon Islands Present
Africa Present
Benin Present
Burkina Faso Present
Cameroon Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Cote d'Ivoire Present
Gambia Present
Guinea Present
Kenya Present
Mali Present
Mauritius Present
Niger Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Senegal Present
Seychelles Present
Somalia Present
Sudan Present
Tanzania Present
Togo Present
Uganda Present
Mozambique Present Present: except in specified pest free areas.
Asia Present
Afghanistan Present
Bangladesh Present
Bhutan Present
Brunei Present
Cambodia Present
China Present
Timor-Leste Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Iran Present
Laos Present
Malaysia Present
Myanmar Present
Nepal Present
Oman Present
Pakistan Present
Philippines Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Sri Lanka Present
Taiwan Present
Thailand Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Vietnam Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Diptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Outdoor cucutbit production

Major Hosts

  • Citrullus Schrad.
  • Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.
  • Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
  • Cucumeropsis mannii Naud.
  • Cucumis L.
  • Cucumis melo L.
  • Cucumis prophetarum L.
  • Cucumis sativus L.
  • Cucurbita L.
  • Cucurbita maxima Duch.
  • Cucurbita moschata Duch. Ex Poir.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Cyclanthera pedata (L.) Schrad.
  • Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standl.
  • Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.
  • Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Mangifera indica L.
  • Momordica charantia L.
  • Momordica foetida Schum.
  • Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.
  • Telfairia occidentalis Hook.F.
  • Trichosanthes cucumerina Linnaeus
  • Fabaceae (family)

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Regulated quarantine pest. EPPO A1

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Fruit fly affecting mainly tropical species but also cucumbers and tomatoes. Limited potential for establishment in the UK, but could pose a risk to outdoor vegetable crops.

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