Melaloncha rasmusseni, 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: 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.5072685

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03870D30-FFBF-6320-7313-07D4FE9846F2

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Melaloncha rasmusseni
status

new species

Melaloncha rasmusseni   new species

Fig. 28 View FIGURES 25–31

Recognition. This species is distinguished by the long, curved, broad dorsal lobe and short, truncate ventral lobe of the ovipositor.

Description. Female (male unknown). Body length 2.25 mm. Frons yellow, bare of setulae except few along eye margin; ocellar triangle with lines of dark color between ocelli. Frons 0.45 head width. Medial furrow absent. Ocular setae brown dorsally, yellow laterally and ventrally; genal setae yellow. Flagellomere 1 basally white, apically yellow; aristomeres 1–2 yellow, 3 dark. Palpus whitish­yellow; palpal setulae yellow, sparse, fine. Scutum yellowish brown, with extremely small dark brown posterolateral spot. Scutellum yellow, with anterolateral dark round spot. Pleuron yellow, except basalare black. Legs yellowish­brown. Combined length of foretarsomeres 0.83 length of foretibia. Foretarsal claws recurved, with large basal lobe. Costa 0.50 wing length. Halter yellow. Abdominal tergites yellow anteriorly, black posteriorly. Venter of abdomen yellow. Ovipositor basally yellow, mostly black; laterally flattened; dorsal lobe elongate, curve, extremely broad in dorsal view, with long setae; ventral lobe short, truncate, with long setae posteroventrally; rest of ovipositor with only short, scattered setae, mostly dorsally.

Host. Unknown. The single specimen was attracted to a mixed aggregation of bees on honey­sprayed undergrowth.

Geographical distribution. Peru.

Derivation of specific epithet. Named for my friend and colleague Claus Rasmussen, in thanks for his help in Peru and for his assistance with bee identification.

Holotype. ♀, PERU: San Martin: Estación “Biodiversidad”, 19 km NE Tarapoto, 6.46°S, 76.29°W, 7.vii.2004, B. Brown, E. Corona, honey spray [ LACM ENT 206726 View Materials ] ( MUSM). GoogleMaps  

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melaloncha