n African Entomology - The species of Leucopis, subgenus Leucopella Malloch (Diptera : Chamaemyiidae), from northeastern Africa and Yemen
|Article Title||The species of Leucopis, subgenus Leucopella Malloch (Diptera : Chamaemyiidae), from northeastern Africa and Yemen|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Author||S.D. Gaimari and A. Raspi|
|Publication Date||Sep 2002|
|Pages||241 - 264|
|Keyword(s)||Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Biology, Coccoidea, Diptera, Great Rift Valley, Leucopella, Leucopis, New species and Predator|
The chamaemyiid subgenus Leucopis (Leucopella) Malloch differs from all other Leucopinae in the presence of one to several small setae along the posterior edge of the anepisternum. As far as was known previously, members of this subgenus were larval predators attacking mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), but current evidence suggests they attack other coccoids as well. The northeastern African fauna of this subgenus, found along various parts of the Great Rift Valley, appears distinct from that of southern Africa. Four new species are described from northeastern Africa, L. (L.) ardis (Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo), L. (L.) euryvitta (Eritrea), L. (L.) spatula (Eritrea), and L. (L.) yaromi (Ethiopia); the type species of the subgenus, Leucopis africana Malloch (Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia), is redescribed; and the first species known to occur across the Red Sea on the Arabian Peninsula is described as new, L. (L.) vanharteni (Yemen), extending the known range off continental Africa.
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