Maurhinophora indoceanica Cerretti & Pape

Cerretti, Pierfilippo, Badano, Davide, Gisondi, Silvia, Giudice, Giuseppe Lo & Pape, Thomas, 2020, The world woodlouse flies (Diptera, Rhinophoridae), ZooKeys 903, pp. 1-130: 1

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Maurhinophora indoceanica Cerretti & Pape

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Maurhinophora indoceanica Cerretti & Pape   sp. nov. Fig. 14 View Figure 14

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Holotype ♀: Mauritius; /Corps de la Garde, to 2,200' / /A.M. Hudson /B.M. 1971-346. ( NHMUK).


Female. Body length: 5.5 mm. Colouration: head, thorax (including tegula, basicosta, wing veins and legs) yellow; abdomen mostly yellow with blackish brown transversal bands on posterior 1/3 of syntergite 1+2, and posterior 1/2 of tergites 3-5. Head: frontal vitta as wide as fronto-orbital plate. Two strong proclinate orbital setae (one additional short proclinate orbital seta is present posterior to the main ones). Parafacial narrow with only one setula below lower frontal seta. Lateral (= outer) vertical seta well developed though not strongly differentiated from strongest uppermost postocular setae. Prementum approx. 2 times as long as wide; labella not elongated, normally developed. Thorax: one posthumeral seta (medial); 1 + 3 supra-alar setae (posterior postsutural supra-alar weak); 0 + 2 intra-alar setae; 2(3) + 3 dorsocentral setae; 0 + 1 acrostichal setae. Two strong, diverging katepisternal setae. Legs: fore tibia with 1 posterior seta. Abdomen: mid-dorsal depression on syntergite 1+2 confined to anterior half.


Afrotropical - Mauritius.


The species epithet is derived from the name of the Indian Ocean and should be treated as a Latin adjective.


We consider the description of a new species based on a single female as warranted due to the quite remarkable habitus and the occurrence on a small oceanic island, which means that the likelihood of complications due to the lack of male material can be considered low.