Lucilia eximia (Wiedemann),

Whitworth, Terry, 2010, Keys to the genera and species of blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of the West Indies and description of a new species of Lucilia Robineau-Desvoidy, Zootaxa 2663, pp. 1-35: 21

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.276279

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Lucilia eximia (Wiedemann)
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Lucilia eximia (Wiedemann) 

Figs. 42 –43View FIGURES 38 – 49, 54–55View FIGURES 52 – 61, 67–69View FIGURES 62 – 72. 62, 63, 83View FIGURES 73 – 87. 73 – 81, 90View FIGURES 88 – 90

Musca eximia Wiedemann, 1819: 53  Phaenicia eximia: Hall, 1948: 239 

Lucilia eximia: Whitworth, 2006: 730 

Diagnosis. Male frons 0.035 (0.03–0.05)/ 19 of head width, female frons 0.25 (0.24–0.28)/ 11. Basicosta tan; upper calypter pale both sexes, lower calypter brown in male, white in female; setal patterns on tibia are t1,1 pv; t 2 1 or 2 v to av; t 3 2 p to pv. Male genitalia in lateral view with surstylus digitate, slightly curved forward; cercus with broad base and narrowing distally to a point, slightly longer than surstylus. In posterior view, surstylus curved inward; cercus tapering from broad base to a point ( Figs. 38, 39View FIGURES 38 – 49). Phallus and ovipositor and other characters as described above for the L. eximia  group ( Figs. 54 –55View FIGURES 52 – 61, 67–69View FIGURES 62 – 72. 62, 63, 83View FIGURES 73 – 87. 73 – 81, 90View FIGURES 88 – 90).

Distribution. Specimens of L. eximia  were examined from numerous locations in the West Indies, including Barbados ( BMNH, USNM), Dominica ( TW), Dominican Republic ( CMNH), Grenada ( FSCA), Guadeloupe ( CNM), Puerto Rico ( CNM, FSCA, TW, UPR, USNM), St. Vincent ( CNM, USNM), Trinidad ( BMNH, CNM, FSCA, USNM, USU) and Virgin Islands ( FSCA). Despite being widespread, this species is generally less common than some other Lucilia  .

Variation. Previous researchers, James (1967) and Woodley and Hilburn (1994), have noted that L. eximia  -like specimens in the region do not match the mainland L. eximia  . I came to the same conclusion after examining specimens from numerous areas throughout the region. After extensive study, only one consistent character was found that distinguishes the island specimens from those on the mainland. In island specimens, almost all of T 4 is polished while in the mainland form the front 2 / 3 or more of T 4 is microtomentose. A long series of specimens from Trinidad, which is close to the shore of Venezuela, is like the mainland form. Other than nearby Tobago, it is distant from other West Indies islands. For the rest of the region, the specimens are like the island form. Between islands there is considerable variation in vestiture color of the postoccipital area, fronto-orbital plate and parafacial. Color combinations varied from silver-silver to silver-gold to gold-silver. Also encountered were a number of specimens with a brilliant gold body color. A long series from Barbados initially led me to suspect a new species, but a detailed study of genitalia and other characters did not provide sufficient differences to justify new species status.

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

CMNH

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

CNM

Cheltenham Naturalists' Association

USU

Utah State University

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Calliphoridae

Genus

Lucilia

Loc

Lucilia eximia (Wiedemann)

Whitworth, Terry 2010
2010
Loc

Lucilia eximia:

Whitworth 2006: 730
2006
Loc

Musca eximia

Hall 1948: 239
Wiedemann 1819: 53
1819