oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Teratocamilla, a new genus of Camillidae (Diptera) and two new species of Camilla, from southern Africa

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



A revised key is given to the genera of Camillidae represented in southern Africa. Teratocamilla gen. n. is descriptionbed for a new species (sineseta) from South Africa. The genus is considered to be closely related to Afrocamilla Barraclough, but is strongly distinguished on characters of the male and female postabdomen. Teratocamilla sineseta is the first named species of Camillidae which lacks proclinate orbital bristles. Two new species of Camilla Haliday (capensis and manningi) are descriptionbed from the southwestern Cape Province, and a key to distinguish them is presented. Both species are separated from all others by lacking a dorsal pre-apical bristle on the mid tibia. Most of the specimens of C. manningi were collected from faecal pellets of the rock hyrax Procavia capensis (Pallas). This is the first record of Camilla from the Afrotropical Region and the southern hemisphere. The disjunct distribution is discussed.

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