Melaloncha muricata, Brown, 2006

Brown, Brian V., 2006, Revision of the untreated taxa of Melaloncha s. s. bee-killing flies (Diptera: Phoridae), Zootaxa 1280 (1), pp. 1-68: 15

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.11646/zootaxa.1280.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:55F01BD6-4319-49C1-AA45-AAF0B27AEF15

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5072635

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FF99-6306-7313-0434FD604492

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha muricata
status

new species

Melaloncha muricata   new species

Fig. 1 View FIGURES 1–4

Recognition. This species is similar to M. punctifrons   in that it has an evenly punctate frons lacking large frontal setae, but differs by the long setae on the apical one­half of the ovipositor.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 2.7 mm. Frons yellow, evenly punctate, lacking fronto­orbital and interfrontal setae; ocellar triangle with black band linking ocelli. Frons 0.41 head width. Medial furrow absent. Ocular and genal setae black. Flagellomere 1 white basally, yellow apically. Aristomeres 1–2 light brown, 3 brown. Palpus white; palpal setulae black. Scutum and scutellum yellowish­brown, without dark markings. Pleuron yellow, except basalare black. Legs yellowish­brown. Combined length of foretarsomeres equal to length of foretibia. Foretarsal claws unmodified, without basal lobe. Costa 0.53 wing length. Halter brown. Abdominal tergites yellow anteriorly, black posteriorly; black band incomplete medially. Venter of abdomen yellow. Ovipositor basally yellow, mostly dark brown to black; rounded, narrow, relatively straight; with long straight setae on apical one­half.

Host. Unknown.

Geographical distribution. Costa Rica.

Derivation of specific epithet. Latin muricatus for pointed or spiny, like the shells of the mollusc genus Murex   L.

Holotype. ♀, COSTA RICA: Alajuela: 20 km S Upala , 16–24.vii.1991, F. D. Parker [ LACM ENT 114125 View Materials ] ( LACM).  

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha