Congomochtherus oldroydi Londt & Tsacas, 1987

Jason G. H. Londt, 2014, The Afrotropical Robber Fly Genus Congomochtherus Oldroyd, 1979 (Diptera: Asilidae: Asilinae), African Invertebrates 55 (2), pp. 333-350: 342

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scientific name

Congomochtherus oldroydi Londt & Tsacas, 1987
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Congomochtherus oldroydi Londt & Tsacas, 1987 

Figs 9 View Figure , 19 View Figure

Congomochtherus penicillatus: Oldroyd 1970: 308  .

Congomochtherus oldroydi Londt & Tsacas, 1987: 35  (figs 33-39 ♂ terminalia, 40 ♀ spermathecae).

Previously recorded material: Londt & Tsacas (1987) listed the following material: KENYA: 1♂ 1♀ (paratypes), between Guaso-Nyeri and Narosura [c. 1°18'S 36°14'E, c. 1400 m], 27.ii.1914 (BMNH); 1♀ (paratype), Masai Reserve [Masai Mara c. 1°29'S 35°08'E, c. 1560 m], Ngasemarok [?], A. D. Luckman, 6000' (BMNH); 2♂ (holotype & paratype), Narosura [1°32'S 35°51'E, c. 1860 m] River, xi.1912, Lowe, 1913 (BMNH).

Newly recorded material: KENYA: 1♀, Baringo, Lake Bogoria Nat. Res., 00°11'N 36°08'E, 1100 m, 21.xi.1992, Londt & Whittington, Fig Tree camp site (NMSA); 2♂ 1♀, Nakuru, Hell's Gate Nat. Park, 00°57'S 36°19'E, 1900 m, 26.xi.1992, Whittington & Londt, Ngorowa Gorge - stream (NMSA).

Distribution ( Fig. 19 View Figure ), phenology ( Table 1) and biology: This is currently a Kenyan endemic known from only five localities, two of which represent samples collected by me. I can, therefore, testify to the fact that this species was found resting on rocks on the banks of Lake Bogoria and in a stream running through the Ngorowa Gorge. Its behaviour closely resembles that of the southern African species. The Bogoria record is of particular interest as this lake, well known for its steaming geysers, has hot water, a fact that does not appear to have a negative impact on these flies. Although the species has been collected in November and February, known localities straddle the equator and it is probable that the species is active in the adult phase throughout the year. There are no prey records and biological information is confined to what has been said here.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Congomochtherus

Loc

Congomochtherus oldroydi Londt & Tsacas, 1987

Jason G. H. Londt 2014

2014
Loc

Congomochtherus oldroydi

Londt & Tsacas 1987: 35

1987
Loc

Congomochtherus penicillatus

: Oldroyd 1970: 308

1970