oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new African Apiocera species (Apioceridae, Diptera)

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The record of the single species of A piocera from Africa gave me grounds to hope that further species of this very ancient group of Diptera would be discovered in that continent. Thanks to the kind help of Dr. Hesse, I have received all the available Apiocerid material from the South African Museum. Among the fourteen specimens examined I have found a new species descriptionbed below. The record of a second species from Africa made it clear that further new species may be expected, but the discovery provides more substantial evidence for the theory of the faunistic relationship between South Africa, Australia and South America. The family Apioceridae can be regarded as having existed at least from the cretaceous period, when the Afreurasian block of the continents was divided, and Australia and South Africa were drifting in different directions.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error