Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) megacephalus ( Rossi, 1794 )

El-Hawagry, Magdi S. & Gilbert, Francis, 2019, Catalogue of the Syrphidae of Egypt (Diptera), Zootaxa 4577 (2), pp. 201-248: 221

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Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) megacephalus ( Rossi, 1794 )
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Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) megacephalus ( Rossi, 1794)  

Syrphus megacephalus Rossi, 1794: 63   . Type locality: Italy (Toscana [as "Etruria"]).

Eristalis laetus Wiedemann, 1830: 192   . Type locality: China.

Eristalis fasciatus Meigen, 1835: 70   . Type locality: Germany (Bavaria: Munchen region).

Eristalis fasciatus Meigen, 1838: 143   . Type locality: Germany (Bavaria).

Eristalis pallinevris Macquart, 1842: 106   . Type locality: India.

Eristalis fasciatus Germar, 1844   : pl 23. Type locality: Turkey & southern Europe.

Eristalis quinquevittatus Macquart, 1849: 465   . Type locality: Algeria.

Eristalis quinquefasciatus Schiner, 1849: 364   . Nomen nudum [ South Africa].

Eristalis ridens Walker, 1849: 610   . Type locality: Albania.

Eristalis obscuritarsis Meijere, 1908: 250   . Type locality: Indonesia (Java: Semarang); Malaya; Singapore; India. Lathyrophthalmus ishigakiensis Shiraki, 1968: 177   . Type locality: Japan (Ryukyu Is., Ishigaki Is.).

Material examined: 1 male, Wadi Digla , 1.II.1926, leg. Farag   ; 1 male, 1 female, Helwan , 2.XII.1934, leg. Shafik   [EFC]; 1 male, Wadi El-Natroun , 8.VI.2017, leg. El-Hawagry   [in personal collection of El-Hawagry].

World distribution: AF: Cape Verde Is., Madagascar, South Africa, UAE, Yemen. AU: Guam. OR: India, Indonesia (Java), Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. PA: Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Egypt, Europe (southern Spain and coastal parts of Italy round the Mediterranean basin (including islands, e.g. Corsica, Malta, Sicily, Crete) to Turkey), Iran, Taiwan.

Egyptian localities: Widespread in Egypt [Sources: Efflatoun (1922), Shaumar & Kamal (1978), the examined museum material and the examined material collected by the first author].

Activity period in Egypt: Throughout the year.

Remarks: E. megacephalus   is fairly common in Egypt, especially in the two autumn months September and October ( Efflatoun 1922). It is a fast-flying species around tall waterside vegetation, and usually visits flowers of the genus Solidago ( Speight 2017). The rat-tailed larvae filter bacteria from polluted water ( Mahmoud et al. 1999). Many authors have recorded it under the name quinquelineatus Fabricius.  

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Syrphidae

Genus

Eristalinus

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Eristalinus (Lathyrophthalmus) megacephalus ( Rossi, 1794 )

El-Hawagry, Magdi S. & Gilbert, Francis 2019
2019
Loc

Eristalis obscuritarsis

Shiraki, T. 1968: 177
1968
Loc

Eristalis quinquevittatus

Macquart, P. J. M. 1849: 465
1849
Loc

Eristalis ridens

Walker, F. 1849: 610
1849
Loc

Eristalis pallinevris

Macquart, P. J. M. 1842: 106
1842
Loc

Eristalis fasciatus

Meigen, J. W. 1838: 143
1838
Loc

Eristalis fasciatus

Meigen, J. W. 1835: 70
1835
Loc

Eristalis laetus

Wiedemann, C. R. W. 1830: 192
1830
Loc

Syrphus megacephalus

Rossi, P. 1794: 63
1794