Melaloncha licina, 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: 57-58

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.5072717

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FFAF-6331-7313-0054FB9C4295

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha licina
status

new species

Melaloncha licina   new species

Fig. 46 View FIGURES 43–53

Recognition. The ovipositor of this species is short and strongly curved dorsally. It resembles species of the M. ungulata   ­series ( Brown & Kung 2006), but lacks their highly asymmetrical foretarsal claws.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 2.7 mm. Frons yellow, bare of setulae; ocellar triangle with darkening around each ocellus. Frons 0.48 head width. Medial furrow absent. Ocular setae brown dorsally, yellow laterally and ventrally; genal seta yellow. Flagellomere 1 and aristomeres 1–2 yellow; aristomere 3 brown. Palpus whitish yellow; palpal setulae yellow except apical setula brown. Scutum yellowish­brown with posterolateral dark brown spot. Scutellum yellow, with anterolateral dark round spot. Pleuron yellowish­brown except basalare black. Legs yellowish­brown. Combined length of foretarsomeres 0.86 length of foretibia. Foretarsal claws recurved, with large basal lobe. Costa 0.51 wing length. Halter yellow. Abdominal tergites yellow medially, black anteriorly and posteriorly. Venter of abdomen yellow. Ovipositor yellow at base, mostly dark brown; tubular, curved dorsally; with scattered short setae.

Host. Unknown.

Geographical distribution. Brazil.

Derivation of specific epithet. Latin licinus for bent upwards, referring to the shape of the ovipositor.

Holotype. ♀, BRAZIL: Amazonas : Manaus, Reserva Ducke, 3.13°S, 60.02°W, 8–15.iv.1992, J. Vidal, Arm. Cola. 1­4­ 20m [ LACM ENT 008467 View Materials ] ( INPA). 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