Coniceromyia xiei, Ament & Kung & Brown, 2020

Ament, Danilo César, Kung, Giar-Ann & Brown, Brian V., 2020, Forty-one new species of Coniceromyia Borgmeier (Diptera: Phoridae), an identification key, and new distributional records for the species of the genus, Zootaxa 4830 (1), pp. 1-61: 48

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Coniceromyia xiei

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Coniceromyia xiei   sp. nov.

( Figs. 7E View FIGURE 7 , 9K View FIGURE 9 , 16E View FIGURE 16 , 23B View FIGURE 23 , 25R View FIGURE 25 )

Diagnosis (male). Flagellomere 1 globose, forefemur with three ventral rows of very elongated thin setae ( Fig. 7E View FIGURE 7 ), hind tibia with two dorsal setae in basal half, foremetatarsus with anterior bare excavation, ventral margin of excavation with a concavity near basal third ( Fig. 9K View FIGURE 9 ).

Material examined. Holotype ♂, COLOMBIA: Huila: PNN Cueva de Los Guácharos: Cabaña Cedros , 1.62ºN, 76.10ºW, 21.xii–5.i.2002, Malaise trap, 2100m, C. Cortés col. ( IAVH) [LACM ENT 172212]. GoogleMaps  

Description. Male. Body length, 3.0 mm. Head. Frons brown to dark brown, sparsely setulose, with weak median furrow; frontal setae slightly elongated. Flagellomere 1 brown, globose. Arista subapical, about five times flagellomere 1 length. Palpus light brown. Gena with two setae. Thorax. Scutum, scutellum, and pleural regions brown; anepisternum bare. Fore and mid leg yellowish-brown, hind leg light brown. Forefemur with three ventral rows of very elongated thin setae. Foretibia with two dorsal setae and anterodorsal row of strong setulae. Foremetatarsus with anterior bare excavation, anteroapical setulose process, ventral margin of excavation with a concavity near basal third, group of long setae at base of excavation, and strong seta at anteroapical process base ( Fig. 9K View FIGURE 9 ). Foremetatarsus ratio 0.23. Posterior face of hind femur with narrow basoventral band of tiny blunt setulae ( Figs. 23B View FIGURE 23 ). Hind femur height/length ratio, 0.37. Hind tibia with two dorsal setae in basal half. Wing ( Fig. 16E View FIGURE 16 ). Margin slightly projected as a lobe between M 1 and M 2. Costa swollen, 0.44 of the wing length; R 2+3 absent; M 1 concave, not curved posteriorly at apex; M 2 slightly sinuous, CuA 1 -M 2 /M 2 -M 1 ratio 1.47; CuA 1 sinuous. Halter white. Abdomen. Tergites brown, with shining pubescence. Hypopygium light brown ( Fig. 25R View FIGURE 25 ). Left epandrial process with a medially-directed lobe near hypoproct and an apical lobe. Other characteristics could not be observed as we decided to not dissect the only known specimen of this species.

Distribution. Known from a single mid-elevation site in Colombia.

Etymology. Named for the LACM Entomology Collections Manager, Weiping Xie, who has contributed substantially to the LACM collection and to our work on phorids.


Instituto de Ivestigacion de los Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt