Melittophora salti, BRUES

Brown, Brian V., 2004, Revision of the subgenus Udamochiras of Melaloncha beekilling flies (Diptera: Phoridae: Metopininae), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 140 (1), pp. 1-42: 3

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2004.00086.x

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/1C4A482B-3E36-4F06-FC33-3E0CFBF0FBB3

treatment provided by

Carolina

scientific name

Melittophora salti
status

 

MELITTOPHORA SALTI BRUES  

Unfortunately, the available material of Melittophora salti   is extremely limited and fragile. I dissected one female specimen and was able to make out the following details. There is a distinct, broad triangular tergite 7 and smaller, narrower, triangular sternite 7. The membrane surrounding the sclerites is extremely heavily longitudinally striate.

A section of the abdomen, apparently corresponding to intersegment 7–8 in most other phorids, is modified in M. salti   (and Melaloncha species   , see below). This section bears a long, dorsal sclerite in M. salti   .

The apical section of the abdomen is extremely small, forming a stylet as in Melaloncha   (below), but I could not observe details of the structure without further, potentially damaging, dissection. New material of this species is needed.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Melittophora