Megaselia quintincisa, Disney, R. Henry L., 2006

Disney, R. Henry L., 2006, Eight new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, Zootaxa 1371, pp. 1-21: 18-20

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Megaselia quintincisa

sp. nov.

Megaselia quintincisa  sp. nov.

( Figs 28 – 33View FIGURES 28 – 31View FIGURES 32 – 33)

In Beyer’s (1965) keys most specimens of this species run to couplet 10, lead 2 on page 57, but are immediately distinguished by the brown halteres and the hypopygium. One female (with a costal index exceeding 0.44) runs, via the unreliable couplet 49, to couplet 30 on page 54 (only by means of reference to the male for couplets based on male characters only). The dark legs immediately rule out M. pentagonalifrons Beyer  and the details of the wings (the straight vein 4 and longer costal section 1) will exclude M. nubila Colyer. If  one follows the second option of couplet 49 the species runs to couplet 45 on page 55, to M. destituta Beyer. However  , the male hypopygium is quite different.


Named after the notch in the rear margin of the fifth abdominal tergite of the female Male

Frons brown, clearly broader than long, with 124 – 160 hairs and dense but very fine microsetae. Bristles positions similar to Fig. 8View FIGURES 8 – 9. SAs robust but lower pair a little shorter. Cheek with 3 – 5 bristles and two on jowl. Postpedicels subglobose, dark brown, without SPS. Palps light brown, with six bristles and 3 – 5 hairs. Labrum a paler brown than palps and about two thirds as wide as postpedicel. Labella a lightly tinged brown at sides on top, and with only a few short spinules below. Thorax brown. Mesopleuron bare. Two notopleural bristles and in front of these there is a distinct cleft bounded by the darker lip in front (c in Fig. 33View FIGURES 32 – 33). Scutellum with an anterior pair of small hairs (shorter than those at rear of scutum) and a posterior pair of bristles. Abdominal tergites brown with the hairs at rear of T 6 longer than rest ( Fig. 30View FIGURES 28 – 31). Venter brown, and with a few hairs below segments 3 – 6. Hypopygium brown, including paler anal tube, and as Figs 30 – 31View FIGURES 28 – 31. Right lobe of hypandrium as Fig. 32View FIGURES 32 – 33. With two rectal papillae. Legs entirely brown. Fore tarsus with posterodorsal hair palisade on segments 1 – 3, and 5 a little longer than 4. Dorsal hair palisade of mid tibia extends at least three quarters of length. Hairs below basal half of hind femur at most only slightly longer than those of anteroventral row of outer half. Hind tibia with 8 – 9 differentiated posterodorsal hairs in lower three quarters. Spinules of apical combs simple. Wings 0.9 – 1.1 mm long. Costal index 0.38 – 0.40. Costal ratios 2.7 – 3.1: 1.0 – 1.2: 1. Costal cilia (of section 3) 0.04 – 0.05 mm long. Hair at base of vein 3 subequal to costal cilia. With two axillary bristles, the outer being longer than costal cilia. Sc very pale and not reaching R 1. Veins light brown, but 7 very pale. Membrane tinged very lightly tinged grey. Haltere knob brown.


Head similar to male, except the postpedicels are a little smaller, the labrum is larger, being 1.2 – 1.3 x wider than diameter of postpedicel, and the teeth in the inner eges of the labella are larger. Otherwise head similar to male. Thorax as male except there is no notopleural cleft. Abdominal tergites brown. T 4 – T 7 as Fig. 29View FIGURES 28 – 31. Venter brown, and with hairs below segments 3 – 6. Sternite 7 a tall but narrow triangle from 2.5 – 4.5 x as long as breadth of hind margin, which bears 2 – 4 longer hairs with 3 – 4 shorter ones further forward. Posterolateral lobes at rear of sternum 8 abbreviated and with only two longer hairs at rear margin and 3 – 5 weaker ones further forward. Cerci brown and about 3.5 x as long as broad. With four rectal papillae. Furca only lightly sclerotised and as Fig. 28View FIGURES 28 – 31. Dufour’s crop mechanism similar to Fig. 17View FIGURES 14 – 17,and about 1.7 x as long as its greatest breadth. Legs similar to male. Wing as male except 1.0 – 1.4 mm long. Costal index 0.38 – 0.45. Costal ratios 3.1 – 3.9: 1.0 – 1.5: 1. Costal cilia 0.05 – 0.06 mm long. Otherwise it and haltere as male.

A gravid female with 20 eggs that measure 0.40 x 0.1 – 0.2 mm and resemble those of M. halterata  .


HOLOTYPE male, United Arab Emirates, Wadi Safad, light trap, 20.12. 2005 – 2.i. 2006, A. van Harten ( CUMZ, 32 – 147). Paratypes, 1 female, al Jazirst al Hamra, white water trap, 29.xii. 2004, A. v H. ( CUMZ, 32 – 134); 2 females, Fujairah, light trap, – 2.vii. 2005, A. v H. ( CUMZ, 32 – 146). 2 females, Sharjah Desert Park, light trap, 22.ii – 9.iii & 29.iii – 6.iv. 2005, A. v H. ( CUMZ, 32 – 133, 135).


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