oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Ergebnisse der Ã?sterreichischen Neukaledonien-Expedition: the Blepharoceridae (Diptera) of New Caledonia

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Blepharoceridae are reported for the first time from the island of New Caledonia. Three new species - kaltenbachi, microcephala and starmuhlneri - are descriptionbed in Austrocurupira Dumbleton, a taxon originally designated a subgenus of Neocurupira Lamb and now elevated to generic status. A new subgenus, Curupirina, is erected for these three species. A fourth new species, the type of a new genus, is named Nesocurupira curtirostris; it is remarkable for the extreme reduction of its mouthparts. These four species belong in the Apistomyinae. A fifth species is represented by a single larva very different from those of the other species; its affinities cannot be ascertained, but it may belong to the Paltostominae. The relationships of the New Caledonia blepharocerids reflect the position and isolation of the island. The distinctive kaltenbachi group of species is related to Austrocurupira nicholsoni (Tillyard) of Australia, and the strongly apomorph Nesocurupira curtirostris may be related to Nothohoraia Craig of New Zealand.

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