oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Status of the genus Emphysomera Schiner, 1866 (Diptera: Asilidae), with a synopsis of Afrotropical species

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The genus Emphysomera Schiner, 1866, is resurrected, with a redefinition based upon old characters and establishment of new characters. Characters for separating Emphysomera and Ommatius Wiedemann, 1821, are compared. The holotype female of Emphysomera conopsoides (Wiedemann, 1828) is descriptionbed in detail, and four Afrotropical species of Emphysomera are reported. Emphysomera spinalis sp. n., and the males of E. atrogaster (Bigot, 1859), E. auribarbis (Wiedemann, 1828) and E. pallidapex (Bigot, 1891) are reported for the first time. New combinations: Ommatius atrogaster and O. pallidapex are transferred to Emphysomera. Ommatius macquarti Bezzi, 1908 and O. haemorrhoidalis Lindner, 1955 are synonyms of O. pallidapex Bigot, 1891. Emphysomera hyacinthina Bigot, 1876, is transferred to Oligopogon Loew, 1847; it is newly synonymised with Oligopogon penicillatus Loew, 1857. lllustrations of significant morphological structures, including the male terminalia, are given. A key to the Afrotropical species is presented.

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