oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A re-examinationof Neomaruina (Diptera, Psychodidae), with observations of its life-history and affinities and redefinition of the tribe Psychodini

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



New material of Neomaruina Vaillant, hitherto known only from the larva, allows the descriptionption of pupa and adult and a re-examination of the larva, including its mouthparts. The very Maruina-like larva appears to alternate between torrent dwelling and life as a member of the hygropetric fauna, and its adaptations to this habit are discussed. The pupa also is remarkably similar to that of Maruina, but the adults prove that Neomaruina is actually related to Psychoda Latreille and other genera of the Psychodinae-Psychodini. The Psychodini, sensu Quate, is shown to be based on a series of apomorphisms which firmly establish it as a separate phyletic line. Neomaruina is redefined, and the following species included therein: stuckenbergi Vaillant and torosa sp. n. from Zomba Mountain, Malawi; deviata (Tonnoir) comb. n. and pseudomaxima (Tonnoir) comb. n. from the Ruwenzori.

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