Sphaerophoria bengalensis Macquart, 1842,

Dawah, Hassan A., Abdullah, Mohammed A., Ahmad, Syed Kamran, Al-Dhafer, Hathal & Turner, James, 2020, An overview of the Syrphidae (Diptera) of Saudi Arabia, Zootaxa 4855 (1), pp. 1-69: 51

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4855.1.1

publication LSID

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4411153

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scientific name

Sphaerophoria bengalensis Macquart, 1842
status

 

Sphaerophoria bengalensis Macquart, 1842 

( Figs 58–59View FIGURE 58–59)

Sphaerophoria bengalensis Macquart, 1842: 104  .

Examined specimens. 1♂, 1♀, Al-Riyadh , Al-Uyaynah , 45 Km. W. Al-Riyadh, Ashahwan farm, 27.ii.2008, Ashahrany, alfalfa ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, Al-Riyadh , Al-Kharj, 80 km. S. Al-Riyadh, 3.iv.1982, A. Talhouk & S. Tilkian ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, Al-Riyadh , Al-Wusayl, 45km. N. Al-Riyadh, Al-Mosa farm, 7.xi.2007, Al-Bahrany ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, same locality but Ashahwan farm, 27.ii.2008, S. Ashamrany, Alfalfa ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, Al-Riyadh , Al-Kharj, 80 km. S. Al-Riyadh, 8.iii.1982, A. Talhouk & S. Tilkian ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, 1♀, Al-Riyadh , Dirab Educational Farm of King Saud University, 31.iii.1987 ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, same locality but 29.x.1989 ( KSMA)  ; 1♂, same locality but 25.xi.1989 ( KSMA)  .

Distribution. The species was previously recorded from Saudi Arabia by Shalaby (1962) as S. menthastri  (L.), while Martin (1972) and Abu-Thuraya (1982) recorded it as S. turkmenica Bańkowska, 1964  . It was described from India (Bengale) and is further recorded from the Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Iran, Caucasus (North), China, Korea, and Japan, Turkmenistan; Oriental Region: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Punjab ( Peck 1988; Subhan & Shah 2016; Ghorpadé 2009; 2014; Sengupta et al. 2016). In the Arabian Peninsula this species recorded from Oman and UAE ( Smit et al. 2017).

Remarks. Ghorpadé (2009: 11) reported that the descriptions and figures of S. turkmenica in Bańkowska (1964)  and Knutson (1973) are identical to S. bengalensis  and it was therefore established as being a junior synonym (see also Smit et al. 2017). The adults of S. bengalensis  are pollinators while their larvae feed on different species of Aphididae  , some Psyllidae  and Lepidoptera  larvae ( Rojo et al. 2003).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Syrphidae

Genus

Sphaerophoria

Loc

Sphaerophoria bengalensis Macquart, 1842

Dawah, Hassan A., Abdullah, Mohammed A., Ahmad, Syed Kamran, Al-Dhafer, Hathal & Turner, James 2020
2020
Loc

Sphaerophoria bengalensis

Macquart, J. 1842: 104
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