oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) from Vumba, Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, with the description of a new species of Paragus

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The Natal Museum Diptera collection contains the D. Cookson collection from Vumba in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, in which there are 440 specimens of hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae). This is one of the few large collections of hoverflies assembled by an individual collector from a single locality in Africa, and the only extensive collection from this particular locality. Not only is it thus significant as a collection, but it is also valuable as a conservation tool, providing a basic list of species from Vumba. In relation to this collection, the importance of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe as a conservation area, is discussed. A new species of Paragus (Pandasyopthalmus) Stuckenberg, 1954, is descriptionbed from the collection. Thirty five species and eight genera previously unrecorded from Zimbabwe, are listed.

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