Volume 79, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In 2005, a widespread infestation of was discovered in the Torres Strait, the region between northern Australia and New Guinea. To contain this species, an eradication program was implemented in 2006. However, the progress of this program is impeded by the difficulty of morphologically separating larvae from the endemic species . In this study, three real-time TaqMan polymerase chain reaction assays that target the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 1 region were developed to rapidly identify , and from northern Australia. Individual eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults, as well as the species composition of mixed pools were accurately identified. The assay method was validated using 703 field-collected specimens from the Torres Strait.


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  • Received : 25 Feb 2008
  • Accepted : 20 Aug 2008

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