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Diagnostic definitions and figures of male and female Tetanocera punctifrons and T. latifibula, new records of T. punctifrons in Ireland, and notes on biology (Diptera: Sciomyzidae).

Maher, C, Carey, J, Mulkeen, CJ, Williams, CD, Knutson, L, Healy, M and Gormally, M (2018) Diagnostic definitions and figures of male and female Tetanocera punctifrons and T. latifibula, new records of T. punctifrons in Ireland, and notes on biology (Diptera: Sciomyzidae). Dipterists Digest, 24 (2). pp. 129-145.

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Abstract

The presence of Tetanocera punctifrons Rondani, 1868 in Ireland is reconfirmed. The species is distinguished from the very similar T. latifibula Frey, 1924. The female abdomens of both species are described for the first time. The distributions of both species are summarised. The history of type examinations and of taxonomists’ conceptions of the two species is tracked, especially the relative reliability of published figures of diagnostic features. We emphasise the need for such analyses of rare and closely related species, even if apparently disjunct in distribution. Habitats of T. punctifrons and T. latifibula are described, and the biology and morphology of the immature stages are compared.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Dipterists Forum
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 08:17
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 20:11
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8558

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