Lispe nicobarensis Schiner, 1868

Ge, Ying-Qiang, Gao, Yun-Yun & Zhang, Dong, 2018, Two new synonymies in the genus Lispe (Diptera: Muscidae), Zootaxa 4457 (4), pp. 549-556: 551-553

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Lispe nicobarensis Schiner, 1868


Lispe nicobarensis Schiner, 1868 

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Lispe nicobarensis Schiner, 1868: 297  . Type locality: India, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Lispe binotata Becker, 1914: 81  . Type locality: China, Taiwan.

Xenolispa yerburyi Malloch, 1922: 385  . Type locality: Sri Lanka, Trincomali. 

Lispe albimacula Malloch, 1923: 610  . Type locality: Australia, Queensland, Babinda.

Lispe leigongshana Wei & Yang, 2007: 497  . Type locality: China, Guizhou, Mt. Leigongshan. Syn. nov. 

Material examined. 1♂, 18-VII-2009, Fujian Province, Quanzhou City, Anxi County, Xiping Town , N25°01′ E117°57′, Coll. J.H. ChenGoogleMaps  ; 5♂♂, 4♀♀, 17-VII-2013, Guangdong Province, Meizhou City, Pankeng Scenic Resort , N24°15′19.09″ E116°08′48.13, Coll. Y.Q. Ge & W. Li [ MBFU]GoogleMaps  .

Diagnosis. L. nicobarensis  can be easily separated from other Chinese Lispe  by its shining black body color and the higher locaton of vibrissae (at half distance between oral margin and base of antenna). Other diagnostic characters include: frons black, parafacial and gena with silver pruinosity; few setae on thorax and legs; dc 0+1.

Male: body length 4.2–4.5 mm. Fore femur with 2 or 3 pv; mid femur swollen on basal half; hind femur with 3 long and curled v on basal half (the basal one more or less situated on av surface), with 1 short pv row; hind tibia short, with 1 v row; abdomen black, tergite 4 with a pair of lateral white spots and sternite 4 modified, with a asymmetric pointed process on right posterior side ( Fig. 6DView FIGURE 6); apex of abdomen with curled setulae ( Fig. 5FView FIGURE 5); cerci merged into one plate at 2/3 upper side, with a curved edge at lower side ( Fig. 6CView FIGURE 6).

Female: body length 6.0– 6.2 mm. Syntergite 1+2 and tergites 4 and 5 with silvery white lateral spots; and tergite 4 with a slim white median stripe posteriorly ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7).

Remarks. Wei & Yang (2007) published L. leigongshana  from southern China. Their description and illustration ( Wei & Yang, 2007: 497–498) show that all main characters of L. leigongshana  fall into the characterization of L. nicobarensis  : 1) thorax shining black without dense pruinosity; 2) dc 0+1; 3) fore femur with 3 pv on apical half; 4) mid femur distinctly thinner on apical half; 5) hind femur with 3 curled and long v; 6) sternite 5 with a process on the right side (actually, it is sternite 4); and finally, by comparing the male terminalia we can observe they have same shape ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6). We compared the terminalia dissected from specimens recognized here as L. nicobarensis  with the original drawings of L. leigongshana  by Wei & Yang (2007). The comparisons above convinced us to synonymize L. leigongshana  under L. nicobarensis  .

Distribution. Widespread from northern Australia to eastern India. Distribution in CHINA: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Taiwan and Yunnan.














Lispe nicobarensis Schiner, 1868

Ge, Ying-Qiang, Gao, Yun-Yun & Zhang, Dong 2018


Lispe nicobarensis

Schiner, 1868 : 297


Lispe binotata

Becker, 1914 : 81


Xenolispa yerburyi

Malloch, 1922 : 385


Lispe albimacula

Malloch, 1923 : 610


Lispe leigongshana

Wei & Yang, 2007 : 497