Comantella fallei (Back)

Lavigne, Robert J. & Dennis, Steve, 2019, Robber flies (Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae) of Wyoming, USA with keys to genera and species, Zootaxa 4662 (1), pp. 1-126: 80-81

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4662.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:366A1E81-946C-4ED4-8A65-C51151FE87CC

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/7708F17A-B86D-E54C-63F1-F9686263FC00

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scientific name

Comantella fallei (Back)
status

 

Comantella fallei (Back) 

Cophura fallei Back, 1909: 378  .

Recognition characters: Grayish black species; length 10–12 mm; mystax black and bushy; thorax brownish black pollinose, with long, medial, black mane; scutellar bristles 10–20, black; wings hyaline with 6 black spots; legs black, covered with long black setae; apex of fore tibiae with twisted black spine which distinguishes it from Eucyrtopogon  .

Distribution: ALBANY: Chimney Rock, 24 km SW of Laramie, 8 Oct. 964 ( RJL); 5 km E of Laramie, 15 April 1966 ( RJL). CARBON: Seminoe Mtns., 8 Nov. 1965, 28 Oct. 1966 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS), 26 Oct. 1972 ( RJL); Seminoe Reservoir, 4 May 1969, 5 Oct. 1970 ( RJL). JOHNSON: Kaycee, 6 km N, 4 May 1965 ( RJL). LINCOLN: Fontanelle Dam, 2 May 1969 ( RJL). NATRONA: Casper Mountain, 16–17 Oct. 1972 ( RJL). PLATTE: Camp Guernsey, WANG, 2001b ( CSU, GMAD); Dwyer, 2 Nov. 1965 ( RJL); Glendo, 23 Oct. 1959, 4–11 April 1960, 13 April–12 May 1961, 19–27 Oct. 1961, 25 Oct. 1961 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS), 29 April–3 May 1962, 4 Oct. 1962, 29 April 1964 ( RJL), 29 April 1964 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS); 5 km S of Glendo, 2 Nov. 1965 ( RJL); Guernsey, 19–27 Oct. 1961, 13 April–5 May 1962, 19–22 Oct. 1962 ( RJL), 22 Oct. 1962 ( RJL) (specimen in CAS), 27 March 1963 ( LJS, RJL); Guernsey State Park, 19 April 1965 ( RJL); 37 km N of Wheatland, 20 April 1965 ( RJL). WASHAKIE: Worland, 23 April 1913 ( LB-UN); 16 Feb. 1962, 21 Mar. 1962 ( DGF). Recorded from Wyoming by: Adisoemarto (1967); Dennis & Lavigne (1975), (1976b) (pupal case); Dennis et al. (2010); Fisher & Wilcox (1997); Geller-Grimm (2018); Lavigne & Dennis (1994).

Habitat: Sagebrush steppe and wheatgrass-needlegrass shrub steppe shrub and grassland, and grama-needlegrass-wheatgrass grassland vegetation types. Open range, short grass plains, along the dry beds of intermittent streams or around windmills, and protected gullies with and without pine cover; rangeland breaks, usually with ponderosa pine cover (see Dennis & Lavigne 1975).

Ethology: Forages from both the ground and vegetation (see Dennis & Lavigne 1975).

Prey: ARANEAE, COLEOPTERA  , DIPTERA  , HEMIPTERA (Heteroptera, Homoptera)  , HYMENOPTERA  , LEPIDOPTERA  (see Dennis & Lavigne 1975, 2007; Dennis et al. 2010; Lavigne & Dennis 1994; Rogers & Lavigne 1972).

CAS

California Academy of Sciences

CSU

Colorado State University

LJS

Scientific Research Centre

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Comantella

Loc

Comantella fallei (Back)

Lavigne, Robert J. & Dennis, Steve 2019
2019
Loc

Cophura fallei

Back, E. A. 1909: 378