Tomosvaryella freidbergi De Meyer, 1995

Motamedinia, Behnam, Skevington, Jeffrey H. & Kelso, Scott, 2021, Revision of Tomosvaryella Aczél (Diptera: Pipunculidae) in the Middle East, with description of 19 new species, Zootaxa 5002 (1), pp. 1-103: 30

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Tomosvaryella freidbergi De Meyer, 1995


Tomosvaryella freidbergi De Meyer, 1995  

Figs 14A‒E View FIGURE 14 , 54 View FIGURE 54

Diagnosis: This species can be recognized by the slender shape of surstyli in dorsal view ( Fig. 14A View FIGURE 14 ); both surstyli straight in basal half, gently bent in apical half in lateral view ( Fig. 14D‒E View FIGURE 14 ); epandrium longer than wide ( Fig. 14A View FIGURE 14 ); gonopods equal in height ( Fig. 14B View FIGURE 14 ). Based on the shape of genitalia, this species is part of the kuthyi species group ( Tomosvaryella emaratensis   sp. nov., T. cyprusensis   sp. nov., T. hispanica   , T. israelensis   , T. kuthyi   and T. parakuthyi   ). It differs from these species by the shape of surstyli in lateral view, slender, slightly straight in basal half and being bent in apical half ( De Meyer, 1995: fig. 13a–c; Földvári & De Meyer, 1999: fig. 10A–D). See diagnosis of T. emaratensis   sp. nov. and T. cyprusensis   sp. nov. for more details.

Specimens examined: HOLOTYPE: ISRAEL: Mt. Hermon , 33°25’N, 35°51’E, 2000 m a.s.l., 1.vii.1986, A. Freidberg, JSS52375 View Materials (1♂, TAU) GoogleMaps   ; PARATYPE: ISRAEL: Meron , 32°59’N, 35°26’E, 11.iv.1974, F. Nachbar, JSS52376 View Materials (1♂, TAU) GoogleMaps   . Other specimens examined: CYPRUS: Kyrenia, 35°21’N, 33°09’E, 16‒30.vii.2017, O. Ozden, Malaise trap, JSS52356 View Materials (1♂, CNC) GoogleMaps   ; IRAN: North Khorasan: Biar , 37°53’N, 57°35’E, 1008 m a.s.l., 10‒, B. Motamedinia, Malaise trap; JSS52018 View Materials (1♂, CNC) GoogleMaps   ; Chenaran village , 37°27’N, 57°36’E, 1300 m a.s.l.,, B. Motamedinia, sweep net, JSS51963 View Materials (1♂, CNC) GoogleMaps   ; South Khorasan: Ghiok , 32°47’N, 59°07’E, 1917 m a.s.l.,, B. Motamedinia, sweep net, JSS52000 View Materials (1♂, CNC) GoogleMaps   ; Kermanshah: Dodan, 35°00’N, 46°12’E, 1011 m a.s.l., Garden ,, M. Zardouei, Malaise trap, JSS52177 View Materials (1♂, CNC) GoogleMaps   ; ISRAEL: Har Hermon , 33°18’N, 35°46’E, 2000 m a.s.l., 3.viii.1995, A. Freidberg, JSS52076 View Materials (1♂, TAU) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution: Czech Republic Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyz Republic, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Turkey ( Skevington 2020) ( Fig. 54 View FIGURE 54 ).

Notes: DNA barcodes of T. freidbergi   are identical to those of T. kuthyi   (0.0‒1.5% pairwise divergence). The terminalia of these species differ a little by the shape of left surstylus, so this is likely a case of recently-diverged species or ancestral hybridisation. It is possible that these are a single species with polymorphic genitalia, so future genetic work is warranted.


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