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UK Risk Register Details for Ceratitis capitata

Pest has been archived

This pest has been assessed for the Risk Register and is considered to pose a low risk to the UK. The information on this pest was correct as of 01/06/2020, but is no longer actively maintained. It will only be updated if new information is received which indicates the potential for a significant increase in risk to the UK.

This record was last updated on 09/07/2021

Common Names

  • medfly
  • Mediterranean 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
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Fruits or vegetables
  • Soil/growing medium

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 4
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 4
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 20

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 4
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 4
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 20

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Europe Present
Albania Present
Austria Present Under eradication
Montenegro Present
Serbia Present
Russia Present (Limited)
Poland Present
Bulgaria Present
Croatia Present
Cyprus Present
France Present
Greece Present
Italy Present
Malta Present
Portugal Present
Slovenia Present
Spain Present
United Kingdom Absent
Ukraine Present Under eradication
North America Present
United States Present Transient - under eradication
South America Present
Argentina Present
Bolivia Present
Brazil Present
Colombia Present
Ecuador Present
Paraguay Present
Peru Present
Uruguay Present
Venezuela Present
Chile Present
Australia Present (Limited)
Africa Present Cosmopolitan
China Present
Israel Present
Jordan Present
Lebanon Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Syria Present
Yemen Present
Iran Present
Central America
Costa Rica Present
El Salvador Present
Guatemala Present
Honduras Present
Nicaragua Present
Panama Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Diptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Actinidia chinensis Planch.
  • Citrofortunella microcarpa (Bunge) Wijnands
  • Citrus limettioides Tanaka
  • Citrus maxima (Burman) Merrill
  • Citrus medica Linnaeus
  • Citrus paradisi Macfadyen
  • Citrus reticulata (s.l.)
  • Citrus sinensis (Linnaeus) Osbeck
  • Coffea arabica L.
  • Diospyros L.
  • Ficus carica L.
  • Malus domestica Borkhausen
  • Mangifera indica L.
  • Mespilus germanica L.
  • Persea americana Mill.
  • Prunus armeniaca L.
  • Prunus avium ssp./var. avium L.
  • Prunus domestica ssp. domestica L.
  • Prunus dulcis var. dulcis (Mill.) D.A.Webb
  • Prunus persica Batsch
  • Pyrus pyraster Burgsd.
  • Pyrus pyrifolia var. culta (Burm.F.) Nakai
  • Solanum pseudocapsicum L.
  • Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera L.
  • Citrus

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide


Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


No statutory action

General Comments

Fruit fly established in southern Europe but only transient in UK. No evidence of successful breeding or over-winter survival in UK.

Risk Records for this Pest