Melaloncha prostata, 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: 40-41

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.5072683

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FFB0-6320-7313-00B6FBB54295

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha prostata
status

new species

Melaloncha prostata   new species

Fig. 27 View FIGURES 25–31

Recognition. This species differs from the others in the M. stylata   group by the narrow, strongly projecting dorsal and ventral lobes of the ovipositor.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 2.0 mm. Frons yellow, bare of setulae except few along eye margin; ocellar triangle black. Frons 0.38 head width. Medial furrow absent. Ocular and genal setae light brown. Flagellomere 1 white basally, yellow apically; aristomeres 1–2 yellow, 3 brown. Palpus and palpal setulae yellow. Scutum yellowish­brown, with dark brown posterior band. Scutellum dark brown, with anterolateral black round spots. Pleuron yellow, except basalare dark brown. Legs yellow. Combined length of foretarsomeres 0.7 length of foretibia. Foretarsal claws recurved, with large basal lobe. Costa 0.49 wing length. Halter yellow. Abdominal tergites yellow anteriorly, black posteriorly. Ovipositor yellow at base, mostly black; elongate, narrow; dorsal lobe narrow, projecting, laterally flattened; ventral lobe narrow; dorsal lobe with short setae, ventral lobe with longer, thicker setae.

Host. Unknown.

Geographical distribution. Northeastern Mexico.

Derivation of specific epithet. Latin prostatus for stand out or project, referring to the elongate dorsal lobe of the ovipositor.

Holotype. ♀, MEXICO: Tamaulipas: 6 mi W Gomez Farias , 14.iii.1986, R. Jones, R. Trevino, ex. composite flowers, 800 m [ LACM ENT 111373 View Materials ] ( TAMU).  

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

TAMU

Texas A&M University

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha