Megaselia subnitida (Lundbeck, 1920)

Haeggqvist, Sibylle, Ulefors, Sven Olof & Ronquist, Fredrik, 2015, A new species group in Megaselia, the lucifrons group, with description of a new species (Diptera, Phoridae), ZooKeys 512, pp. 89-108: 102

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.512.9494

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Megaselia subnitida (Lundbeck, 1920)
status

reinstated

Taxon classification Animalia Diptera Phoridae

Megaselia subnitida (Lundbeck, 1920)  reinstated

Aphiochaeta subnitida  Lundbeck, 1920

Megaselia subnitida  Schmitz, 1927

Megaselia lucifrons  Disney, 1988

Material examined.

Holotype: male, slide mounted, Denmark, Holte, Suserup Skov at Sorø, 6. VIII. 1918 (leg. Th. Mortensen) (ZMUC).

Swedish material.

Suppl. material 1.

Differential diagnosis.

Males of Megaselia subnitida  are distinguished from males of the other two species in the group by the uniformly colored hind femur and the broader hypandrial left lobe (Fig. 6b). The frons is also less glabrous than in Megaselia lucifrons  and Megaselia albalucifrons  . Males of Megaselia subnitida  are generally larger in size than both Megaselia lucifrons  and Megaselia albalucifrons  (Table 1).

Distribution.

Megaselia subnitida  is widely distributed in Sweden, and is usually found together with Megaselia lucifrons  (Fig. 7). Schmitz (1928) listed Megaselia subnitida  from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Poland. In the more recent literature, after Disney synonymized the species with Megaselia lucifrons  (Disney, 1988), separate records for Megaselia subnitida  are not reported.

Biology.

Megaselia subnitida  appears in different habitats, often in or in proximity to a forest, from May to September in the SMTP material (Suppl. material 1).

Remarks.

In Disney’s key (1989), Megaselia subnitida  runs to couplet 104, together with Megaselia lucifrons  .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Megaselia