False Fruit Fly
False Fruit Fly
Female, dorsal, ~4mm
False Fruit Fly (Acanthonevroides basalis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Fruit Fly (Tephritidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: False Fruit Fly (Acanthonevroides basalis)
This Photo:     🔍Male🔎
Synonyms: Acanthonevroides bicolor or Acanthonevroides bicolour

Thank you Tony Daley for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
1st Live Photo's on-line:
~6.5mm long. Females have a flat, spade like ovipositor to lay their eggs.
Tony D said "I agree with you on Acanthonevroides, and further keys to A. bicolor, which btw is an SA species. The flies in this genus, like many in Tephridae, are not fruit flies in the strict sense but belong to a family with notorious fruit flies. From Permkam & Hancock (1995) on Acanthonevroides biology : "Biological information is scanty, but the larvae probably develop beneath the bark of trees." "

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.