oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A new species of the Holarctic genus Schistostoma Becker (Diptera: Microphoridae) from South Africa, and first record of the family from South America

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The first Afrotropical species of the Holarctic genus Schistostoma Becker is descriptionbed from the Cape Province of South Africa. Schistostoma stuckenbergi sp. n. is a relict species with a full set of plesio­morphic character states; its habitat preference, ecology and behaviour, close to the supposed ancestral forms, are ascribed to its long isolation. Its possible dispersal from the Mediterranean sub­region is also discussed. A female of an unnamed Microphor sp. is reported from South Chile (Chiloe Island), being the first record of the Microphoridae from South America.

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