oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Hemeromyia australis sp. n. and Meoneura prima (Becker, 1903) from Namibia and South Africa, the first Carnidae (Diptera: Schizophora) recorded from subequatorial Africa

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The world fauna, biology and taxonomic history of Camidae are discussed. The southern African fauna is reviewed and characterised, and a key to the genera is presented. Camus Nitzsch, 1818 has not been recorded from southern Africa, but is likely to occur there. Hemeromyia australis sp. n. is descriptionbed from Namibia, the first record of Hemeromyia Coquillett, 1902 from the southern hemisphere; the new species is discussed relative to its Holarctic congeners. The world fauna of Meoneura Rondani, 1856 is briefly reviewed and the hitherto Holarctic species, M. prima (Becker, 1903), is recorded from Natal, South Africa, the first record of the genus from subequatorial Africa. Meoneura nitidiuscula Collin, 1949 is reported from the Cape Verde Islands, the first record of the species from the Afrotropical Region. An unidentified species of Meoneura from Gough Island is discussed. Updated catalogue data for the Afrotropical Camidae are given; the family is now known from six identified species, five in Meoneura (Cape Verde Islands, Nigeria, South Africa) and one in Hemeromyia (Namibia).

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