oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Subsaharan Ceratopogonidae (Diptera) VI. New species and records of South African biting midges collected by A.L. Dyce

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The study of a collection of Ceratopogonidae made in South Africa by A. L. Dyce resulted in the identification of 26 species in 15 genera. Many were reared from pupae and preserved with the associated pupal exuviae. Thirteen new species are descriptionbed in 11 genera: Forcipomyia pulla, F. warreni, Dasyhelea salinaria, D. fontana, Alluaudomyia louisi, Parabezzia stagni, Stilobezzia orientis, Homohelea albitudinis, Macropeza geari, Mallochohelea fluminea, Sphaeromias theileri, Bezzia amana and Palpomyia magali. The previously unknown pupal stages are descriptionbed of Forcipomyia ashantii Ingram & Macfie and Dasyhelea pallidihalter Carter, Ingram & Macfie; the male and pupa of Stilobezzia limnophila Ingram & Macfie, and the female and pupa of Homohelea delanoe (de Meillon). Palpomyia sanctaeluciae de Meillon is transferred to Homohelea. Keys are presented for the determination of the Subsaharan species of Homohelea and Mallochohelea. A list of collection data is provided, together with a list of species reared from each collection.

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