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Lonchaeidae from the United Arab Emirates

The recently published first volume of the “Arthropod fauna of the UAE” contains a short chapter on Lonchaeidae. Two species are recorded from the  country for the first time - Lamprolonchaea metatarsata (Kertesz, 1901) which was recorded in good numbers at several localities and an two unidentified female specimens, most probably of the same species, in the genus Silba.  Little has been previously known about the Lonchaeid fauna of the Arabian peninsula and these intertesting records help fill in some of the gaps in world distribution.

MacGowan, I. 2007. Order Diptera, family Lonchaeidae. In van Harten, A. (ed.) Arthropod fauna of the UAE. 1: 640-642. Dar Al Ummah Publishing, Abu Dhabi.

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

Described species reach 500

The latest world checklist reveals that there are now some 500 described species of Lonchaeidae, with many more out there still to be recognised!

Follow this link to see the updated list

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

A new synonomy in European Lonchaeidae

Lonchaea britteni Collin, 1953 is now recognised as a synonym of L. corusca Czerny, 1934. The two species were very similar including in the structure of the male genitalia but were sepperated in keys by the presence or absence of eye hairs. However it is now recognised that this is a variable character and that only one species is involved.

Reference :  MacGowan, I.  Further additions and changes to the fauna of British Lonchaeidae (Diptera). Dipterists Digest 2006 13, 101-102

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Two new species added to British fauna

Two new species of Lonchaeidae have been added recently to the British checklist : they are Lonchaea subneatosa Kovalev and Lonchaea tenuicornis Kovalev.

L.subneatosa was recorded from reared larvae and adults associated with poplars in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey in England. It is an uncommon species in Europe.  L. tenuicornis is at present only known fronm a single male taken in Berkshire, England, it is a rare European species with only a few known records.  

 

Reference :  MacGowan, I.  Further additions and changes to the fauna of British Lonchaeidae (Diptera). Dipterists Digest 2006 13, 101-102

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New species records from Switzerland

Examination of material from the collections of the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève, and of reared material collected by the Swiss Federal Institute WSL Birmensdorf has led to six new species of Lonchaea being recorded from Switzerland. The male genitalia of one of these species, i. e. Lonchaea hyalipennis Zetterstedt, 1847, are illustrated for the first time.

Reference :

MacGowan, I., Merz, B. and Wermelinger, B.  2007.   Six species of Lonchaea Fallen (Diptera, Lonchaeidae)  new to Switzerland.  Mittelungen der Schweizerischen Entomologishen Gesellschaft.  Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique Suisse.  80: 31–35,

Fig pest reaches South Africa

adipata2.bmpThe black fig-fly Silba adipata McAlpine has just been recorded from South Africa for the first time. The known distribution of this species is trtaditionally around the Mediterranean so its presence in South Africa is probably due to an accidental introduction. Specimens were bred from figs near Stellenbosch by Prof. J.H.Giliomee during February 2007.

                                                     Distribution map for S. adipata

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