Remotomyia penrithae, Londt, 1983

Londt, Jason G. H., 1983, The Genus Daspletis Loew, 1858 And The Description Of Two New Genera, Anasillomos And Remotomyia (Diptera: Asilidae: Stenopogoninae), Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 46 (2), pp. 283-308: 306

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Remotomyia penrithae

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Remotomyia penrithae   spec. nov. Figs 46-48

Derivation: Named for Dr Mary-Lou Penrith whose entomological activities have added much to our knowledge of Namibian insects.

Description: Based on ô holotype (pinned above a 9 paratype with which it was copulating at the time of capture) but supplemented with information taken from paratypes.

Head: Antenna similar to alboseyatıs but with fewer yellowish bristles on ventral aspect of scape. Face orange-brown, similar to albosetatus   . Mystax with yellow and white bristles. Vertex, ocellarium, occiput and proboscis similar to aêàosetatus. Palp very short (about one-third length of proboscis).

Thorax: Pleura orange-brown, gold pruinose, few setae except for dorsal part of anepisternum which has a group of white setae. Katatergite with 5-7 yellow bristles and few small white setae. Antepronotum with a few yellow bristles anteriorly only. Anatergite with a row of small white setae laterally. Mesonotum dark brown with orange-brown postpronotal lobes; silver and red-gold pruinose stripes. 3 postpronotal bristles, 3 notopleurals, 2 supra-alars, 3 postalars, all brown-yellow. Dorsocentrals extending anteriorly only as far as transverse suture, brown-yellow. Scutellum with 4 yellowish marginal bristles; disc with a fair number of white setae mostly posteriorly. Halters brown-yellow. Legs: dark red-brown except for ventral aspects of femora and terminal tarsomeres which are orange-brown; bristles yellowish (shortish 0n femora), setae white. Claws orange with black tips. Wings: holotype 5,5 X 1,7 mm (others larger, range 6,1 - 7,2 X 2,3 - 2,6 mm); membrane transparent, colourless, ventation dark brown. Cell r5 widely open, m 3 closed and stalked, mp closed on wing margin.

Abdomen: Dark red-brown, gold pruinose, covered with short white setae (yellow laterally on terga). d genitalia as in Figs 46-48, similar to âmnales but fused gonocoxites narrower. 9 with setae of tg 6 and tg 7 anteriorly directed.

Variation: Negligible.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. NAMIBIA: 3 ♂ 4 ♀ (holotype ♂ and paratypes), Blinkoog, Warmbad , SE719a, 14-17.x. 1971, H 4487 ( SMW, NM}   ; 1 ♀ (paratype), Riverside 135 , Bethanie, SE2616CA, 23-16 (?). x.1 9 71, H4826 ( SMW)   ; 1 ♀ (paratype), Kukorob 14 , Keetrnanshoop, SE 2518Ca, 13.x. 1 9 71, H4445 ( SMW)   ; 1 ♀, (paratype), Bagani , SE1 321 Ba, Kavango, H 3955 ( SMW)   ; I? (defective), Takuasa , SE720d, Kavango, 14-1 9. viii.1971, H. 2998 ( SMW). NM type number 2658   . BOTSWANA: 1 ♂ 1♀ 1 defective (paratypes), Mboma Island, Moremi Reserve , 20° 17 ' E: 19° 11 ' S, 12.ix. 1 9 77, A. Russell-Smith, In sparse Acacia nigrescens Woodland on game tracks, sandy soil ( NM). GoogleMaps  

Remarks: Appears to be a spring active species ( Table 1 View TABLE 1 ).


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