Revision of Desmometopa Loew (Litometopa Sabrosky) (Diptera: Milichiidae), with descriptions of six new species

I. Brake, A. Freidberg

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Abstract

The Afrotropical genus Litometopa Sabrosky is relegated to subgeneric status within Desmometopa Loew and revised. Desmometopa (L.) glabrifrons (Sabrosky), the type species, is redescribed, and six new species, D. (L.) brachycephala, D. (L.) dolichocephala, D. (L.) flavicornis, D. (L.) glandulifera, D. (L.) nigrifemorata, and D. (L.) sabroskyi, are described. The subgenus is redescribed, including a description of sclerotized structures within the male abdomen possibly representing a gland, and a specialization of the female ovipositor, known as the secondary ovipositor. A key to all species is given. The relationship between Litometopa and other taxa within Desmometopa and among species of Litometopa is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-282
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Volume105
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Afrotropical
  • Desmometopa (Litometopa)
  • Diptera
  • Milichiidae
  • New status

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