n African Entomology - Records for the family Ulidiidae (Diptera, Tephritoidea) in Saudi Arabia
|Article Title||Records for the family Ulidiidae (Diptera, Tephritoidea) in Saudi Arabia|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and 2 Cairo University, Egypt|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||225 - 232|
|Keyword(s)||Arabian Peninsula, Key, Middle East, New records, Otitidae, Palaearctic Region and Picture-winged flies|
The Diptera family Ulidiidae or picture-winged flies known from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are reviewed. Six species in three genera are recognised, Ceroxys confusa (Becker), C. urticae (Linnaeus), Melieria nigritarsis Becker, M. omissa (Meigen) [Otitinae], Physiphora alceae (Preyssler), and P. smaragdina (Loew) [Ulidiinae]. Only M. nigritarsis and P. alceae were previously recorded from the Kingdom. The other four species, C. confusa, C. urticae, M. omissa, and P. smaragdina represent new country records. Additionally, the above records of Ceroxys are new for the Arabian Peninsula. Physiphora smaragdina (Loew) is known for most of Africa except South Africa. This is the third time this species is recorded outside Africa in addition to Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi Arabian genera and species are keyed and images are provided to facilitate identification.
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