Melaloncha nannocauda, 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: 59-60

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.5072723

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FFAD-6333-7313-038CFDFD4475

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha nannocauda
status

new species

Melaloncha nannocauda   new species

Fig. 48 View FIGURES 43–53

Recognition. This species differs from M. hyalinipennis   and M. acicula   , the other two small species that it resembles, by the broader frons and the shorter, slightly ventrally curved ovipositor.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 1.4–1.7 mm. Frons yellow, bare of setulae except few near eye margin; ocellar triangle darkened. Mean frontal width 0.52, range 0.48–0.53. Medial furrow absent. Ocular and genal setae brown. Flagellomere 1 white basally, light brown apically; aristomeres 1–2 and base of 3 light brown, rest of 3 dark brown. Palpus white; palpal setulae relatively long, black. Scutum brown, except anterolateral corner yellowish­brown. Scutellum brown. Pleuron mostly light brown, with few darker markings; basalare dark brown. Legs yellowish­brown, except apex of hind femur dark brown. Combined length of foretarsomeres 0.70 length of foretibia. Foretarsal claws small, recurved, with large basal lobe. Mean costal length 0.45, range 0.44–0.50. Halter white. Abdominal tergites 1–5 dark brown with small lateral areas of light brown; tergite 6 yellow anteriorly, brown posteriorly. Venter of abdomen white. Ovipositor yellow basally, mostly brown; short, slightly ventrally curved, tubular but laterally flattened apically; with short scattered setae.

Host. Unknown.

Geographical distribution. Brazil and Colombia.

Derivation of specific epithet. Greek nannos for short, and Latin cauda for tail, referring to the short ovipositor in this species.

Holotype. ♀, BRAZIL: Amazonas : 60 km N Manaus, Reserva Campina, 2.5°S, 60.0°W, 8–19.vi.1992, J. Vidal [ LACM ENT 122239 View Materials ] ( INPA). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes. BRAZIL: 9♀, same data as holotype ( INPA, LACM) GoogleMaps   . COLOMBIA: Amazonas : PNN Amacayacu, 3.82°S, 70.26°W, 1♀, 27.iii–13.iv.2000, A. Parente, Malaise trap, CAP­85 ( UNCB) GoogleMaps   .

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

INPA

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha