Melaloncha gonzalezae, 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: 52-53

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.5072707

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FFA4-633C-7313-0344FB7444C5

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha gonzalezae
status

new species

Melaloncha gonzalezae   new species

Fig. 42 View FIGURES 32–42

Recognition. This species is easily recognized by the yellow body color and the setose lower lobe of the ovipositor.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 1.5–2.0 mm. Frons yellow; bare of setulae except few along eye margin and, in many specimens, dorsally­directed pair in location of supra­antennal setae (particularly well developed in holotype); ocellar triangle darkened. Mean frontal width 0.44 head width, range 0.41–0.49. Medial furrow absent. Ocular and genal setae light brown. Flagellomere 1 basally white, mostly yellow; aristomeres 1–2 and base of 3 yellow; rest of 3 brown. Palpus white; palpal setulae black. Scutum yellowish­brown, in some specimens with posterolateral dark brown spot. Scutellum yellowish­brown, with anterorlateral round black spot. Pleuron yellowishbrown, except basalare dark brown. Legs yellowish­brown. Combined length of foretarsomeres equal in length to foretibia. Foretarsal claws recurved, with large basal lobe. Mean costal length 0.49 wing length, range 0.48–0.50. Halter yellow. Abdominal tergites yellow anteriorly, black posteriorly. Venter of abdomen yellow. Ovipositor yellow at base, mostly black; slightly ventrally curved, tubular, with longer ventral lobe than dorsal lobe; with scattered setae of medium length, except denser on ventral lobe

Host. One specimen was captured attacking a worker of Plebeia sp.  

Geographical distribution. Argentina.

Derivation of specific epithet. Named for Lisa Gonzalez, who has collected many Melaloncha   specimens.

Holotype. ♀, ARGENTINA: Misiones : Reserva Vida Silvestre Urugua­í, 25.97°S, 54.11°W, 17.xii.2003, L. Gonzalez, G. Kung, honey spray, 400 m [ LACM ENT 187870 View Materials ] ( MACN). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes. ARGENTINA: Misiones : Reserva Vida Silvestre Urugua­í, 25.97°S, 54.11°W, 3♀, 9.xii.2003, 5♀, 10.xii.2003, 29♀, 11.xii.2003, 12♀, 15.xii.2003, 30♀, 17.xii.2003, 40♀, 18.xii.2003, 1♀, 21.xii.2003, 19♀, 27.xii.2003, 1♀, 28.xii.2003, B. Brown, L. Gonzalez, G. Kung, honey spray, bee screen, around bees on organic waste, 400 m ( CNCI, EMUS, LACM, MACN, MCZC, MZSP, SEMC, USNM, ZMUK) GoogleMaps   .

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

MACN

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia

CNCI

Canadian National Collection Insects

SEMC

University of Kansas - Biodiversity Institute

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha