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Rice shoot fly (413) Print Fact Sheet


Common Name

Root shoot fly; it is also known as the rice seedling maggot or the corn seedling maggot.

Scientific Name

Atherigona oryzae; another species, Atherigona exigua, of unknown host, has been confused with the rice shoot fly. Atherigona oryzae is the only species known to attack rice.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from CABI Atherigona oryzae (rice shoot fly) (2017) Crop Protection Compendium. (; and (including Photo 1) from Atherigona oryzae (=samoaensis) Malloch. Rice seedling maggot. Lucid Central. ( seedlingmaggot.htm). Photo 1 Atherigona oryzae Malloch. 3 Systematic Names. CSIRO and Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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