Notiphila (Notiphila) ignobilis Loew, 1862

Dawah, Hassan A., Ahmad, Syed K., Abdullah, Mohammed A. & Zatwarnicki, Tadeusz, 2019, An overview of the Ephydridae (Diptera) of Saudi Arabia, Zootaxa 4711 (3), pp. 401-445: 417-418

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4711.3.1

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scientific name

Notiphila (Notiphila) ignobilis Loew, 1862
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Notiphila (Notiphila) ignobilis Loew, 1862 

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Notiphila ignobilis Loew, 1862b: 12  : Cogan 1968: 303–305 [revision]; Dawah & Abdullah 2006: 387 [fauna, Saudi Arabia]; El-Hawagry et al. 2016: 125; 2017: 1516 [ Saudi Arabia].

Notiphila confinis Adams 1905: 178  : Cresson 1947: 120 [synonymy].

Specimens examined. 2 ♀, Asir, Mahayil Asir, Wadi Hali Garden , sweeping grasses, 9. i. 2003, H.A. Dawah ( CERS)  .

Other Saudi Arabian records: Al-Baha Region: Jabal Shada al-A’la Nature Reserve ( El-Hawagry et al. 2016); Asir Region: Garf Raydah Nature Reserve ( El-Hawagry et al. 2017); Wadi Hali ( Dawah & Abdullah 2006).

Distribution. This species was previously recorded from Saudi Arabia by Dawah & Abdullah (2006) and El- Hawagry et al. (2016, 2017). The species has been collected in South Africa (Caffraria) and widespread in Afrotropical Region: Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are some specimens in NMWC collected from Burkina Faso, Gambia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Remarks. This species shows considerable variation in the male genitalic structure and colour. The male genitalia provides reliable characters for differentiating it from closely related species of Notiphila ( Cogan, 1968)  . Larvae of Notiphila  species live mainly in oxygen-deficient mud at the edges of ponds and lakes, where they feed on detritus and microorganisms. In west Africa the puparia of this species have been found in paddy fields with the posterior spiracles penetrating the aerenchyma of rice roots (Dr. J.C. Deeming; pers. comm.).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Ephydridae

Genus

Notiphila

Loc

Notiphila (Notiphila) ignobilis Loew, 1862

Dawah, Hassan A., Ahmad, Syed K., Abdullah, Mohammed A. & Zatwarnicki, Tadeusz 2019
2019
Loc

Notiphila ignobilis

El-Hawagry, M. S. & Abdel-Dayem, M. S. & El-Sonbati, S. A. & Al Dhafer, H. M. 2017: 1516
El-Hawagry, M. S. & Abdel-Dayem, M. S. & Elgharbawy, A. A. & Al Dhafer, H. M. 2016: 125
Dawah, H. A. & Abdullah, M. A. 2006: 387
Cogan, B. H. 1968: 303
Loew, H. 1862: 12
Loc

Notiphila confinis

Cresson, E. T. 1947: 120
Adams, C. F. 1905: 178