Australian Museum Journal Notes and descriptions of Australian Helosciomyzidae or comb-winged flies (Diptera: Schizophora)

Shortform:
McAlpine, 1993. Rec. Aust. Mus. 64(1): 51–70
Author(s):
McAlpine, David K.
Year published:
2012
Title:
Notes and descriptions of Australian Helosciomyzidae or comb-winged flies (Diptera: Schizophora)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
64
Issue:
1
Start page:
51
End page:
70
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.64.2012.1582
Language:
English
Date published:
23 May 2012
Cover date:
23 May 2012
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
INSECTA: DIPTERA; TAXONOMY; BIOGEOGRAPHY
Digitized:
23 May 2012
Available online:
23 May 2012
Reference number:
1582
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (3678kb PDF)

Abstract

Notes on morphology, including costal features and sexual dimorphism, are given. Limited information on habitat and biology is noted. The Helosciomyzidae are compared with other families with which they have been sometimes associated (e.g., the Dryomyzidae, Sciomyzidae, and Huttoninidae). The position of the Neotropical genus Sciogriphoneura Malloch in the Helosciomyzidae, not the Dryomyzidae, is confirmed from strong morphological evidence; this leaves no evidence of the Dryomyzidae in the Southern Hemisphere. The nomenclature of the Australian taxa of Helosciomyzidae is revised with reference to type specimens of all previously described species. The new genus Luta is described. Luta luteipennis is a new combination for Helosciomyza luteipennis Steyskal. Keys to the Australian genera, species groups, and species are given. Helosciomyza ferruginea Hendel is a new junior synonym of H. fuscinevris (Macquart). The following new Australian species are described: Helosciomyza bickeli, H. driesseni, H. neboissi, H. obliqua, H. steyskali, H. subacuta, Neosciomyza peckorum.

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