oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new African Apiocera species (Apioceridae, Diptera)
|Article Title||A new African Apiocera species (Apioceridae, Diptera)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||103 - 105|
|Keyword(s)||A. africana, A. braunsi, Afreurasian block of continents, Apiocera, Cretaceous period, Frons striping, Illustrations and Mesonotum striping|
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.
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