Melaloncha pulchella Brues

Brown, Brian V., 2006, Revision of the untreated taxa of Melaloncha s. s. bee-killing flies (Diptera: Phoridae), Zootaxa 1280 (1), pp. 1-68: 13

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.5072631

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FF9B-6304-7313-0119FBC546B0

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scientific name

Melaloncha pulchella Brues
status

 

Melaloncha pulchella Brues  

Melaloncha pulchella Brues, 1904, p. 375   , plate IX fig. 62 (♂, ♀; Songo, Bolivia). ­ Brues, 1911, p. 440 (♂; Paraguay). ­ Borgmeier, 1971b, p. 128 (discussion and full description).

Syntypes. 1♂, 1♀, BOLIVIA: Songo [no date given], Kertész (Hungarian Natural History Museum). The specimens were destroyed during the Hungarian Revolt   .

Recognition. This species cannot be identified at this time. As clues to its identity we have only the original description and whole body illustration (by Brues 1904), the latter of which was later rendered in color ( Brues 1906). Borgmeier (1971b) doubted that the specimen from Paraguay (mentioned by Brues 1911) was the same species.

Based on the original description of this species, in which Brues states that the midtibia has “no bristles except a single apical spur,” Borgmeier (1971b) inferred that the female of this species lacks dorsal setal palisades and setae, as does the highly unusual female of M. plaumanni   . Unfortunately, Brues’s illustration shows at least some dorsal setae present, and Borgmeier pronounced it “incorrect.” Thus, the identity of this species is further confused, and I consider it to be unrecognizable at this time.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha

Loc

Melaloncha pulchella Brues

Brown, Brian V. 2006
2006
Loc

Melaloncha pulchella

Borgmeier, T. 1971: 128
Brues, C. T. 1911: 440
Brues, C. T. 1904: 375
1904