oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A further contribution on the Drosophilidae of Malawi, with first record of Hypselothyea from the African mainland

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The first paper on the Malawian drosophilid fauna, published in the 1997 volume of this journal, reported 11 genera and 76 species, of which 16 species were newly descriptionbed. Subsequent to this we studied a small complementary collection made by Londt and Stuckenberg in Malawi, and deposited in the Natal Museum. Although limited to 21 specimens, this collection nonetheless revealed the occurrence of 15 taxa. Among these were three genera reported for the first time from Malawi, namely Cacoxenus, Scaptomyza and most importantly Hypselothyrea (Deplanothyrea), which is here recorded for the first time from the African mainland. The material also included a new species, Mycodrosophila (Mycodrosophila) barracloughi, which is here descriptionbed, and one presumably new species of Cacoxenus (Gitonides), which will be analysed further in an ongoing revision of this genus. Of the seven other taxa identifIed at species level, six are new records for Malawi. Accordingly, the Malawian fauna of Drosophilidae now includes 14 genera and 81 species.

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