Pseudorhyncomyia Peris, 1952b: 58

Kurahashi, Hiromu & Kirk-Spriggs, Ashley H., 2006, The Calliphoridae of Namibia (Diptera: Oestroidea), Zootaxa 1322 (1), pp. 1-131 : 94

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https://doi.org/ 10.11646/zootaxa.1322.1.1

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5073157

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scientific name

Pseudorhyncomyia Peris, 1952b: 58
status

 

Genus: Pseudorhyncomyia Peris, 1952b: 58 .

TYPE SPECIES: Rhyncomyia braunsi Villeneuve, 1920 a, by original designation .

NOTES: The two described species are restricted to the Afrotropical Region (Pont 1980: 783).

Pseudorhyncomyia braunsi (Villeneuve, 1920b: 158) ( Rhynchomyia ).

Fig. 104 View FIGURES 99–104 .

TYPE LOCALITY: South Africa (Cape)

DISTRIBUTION: Namibia *, South Africa (Cape, Natal) and Tanzania.

MATERIAL: 1♂, Hungorob ravine at(1): 6.viii.2000, Meakin/Raleigh Int. ( LT) Bberg UV 52.

NOTES: Ferrar (1987: 90) notes that larvae of P. braunsi were found in South Africa in the rubbish heaps of harvester termites of the genus Hodotermes Hagen ( Hodotermitidae ), which accumulate on the soil surface, near the opening of subterranean nests. Larvae were noted to attack live termites that approach the heaps and were successfully reared on live termites in culture. Pupariation was noted to occur under the heaps. In Namibia the species has only been collected at UV­light at low elevation on the Brandberg (700 m) in August. Currently only known from the Brandberg Massif on the edge of the nama­karoo biome ( Fig. 104 View FIGURES 99–104 ).

Pseudorhyncomyia deserticola Zumpt and Argo, 1978: 35 .

Fig. 105 View FIGURES 105–110 .

TYPE LOCALITY: South West Africa [= Namibia] .

DISTRIBUTION: Namibia.

PREVIOUS RECORDS: (holotype) Gobabeb [23°55'S, 15°03'E], 3.x.1967; (paratype) 100 miles W of Windhoek [22°57'S, 17°08'E], 2.x.1967 (Zumpt & Argo 1978: 37) GoogleMaps .

KNOWN RECORD: Namib Desert, Welwitschia ‘Forest’, nr. [22°38'S, 15°00'E], 3.x.1967, E GoogleMaps .R Ross & A.R. Stephens (NMSA).

MATERIAL: No recent Namibian material is available for study.

NOTES: Biology, life history and immature stages unknown, but are likely to mirror those of P. braunsi (vide supra). Pont (1980: 783) erroneously gives the type locality of this species as ‘Botswana’ (vide supra). Recorded from the desert and ‘arid’ savanna biomes of western and central Namibia ( Fig. 105 View FIGURES 105–110 ).

LT

Université de Montréal

UV

Departamento de Biologia de la Universidad del Valle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Rhiniidae

Loc

Pseudorhyncomyia Peris, 1952b: 58

Kurahashi, Hiromu & Kirk-Spriggs, Ashley H. 2006
2006
Loc

Pseudorhyncomyia deserticola

Zumpt and Argo 1978: 35
1978