oa Annals of the Natal Museum - The Southern African Species of Neminidae (Diptera: Schizophora)

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The world fauna of the rarely collected family Neminidae, and the known biology of some of its species are reviewed. The apparent rarity and recognition of the southern Africa species are discussed. A key to the two southern African genera and four species is presented. Ningulus simatus McAlpine, 1983 (Eastern Cape, South Africa) is redescriptionbed based on additional material. Ningulus macalpinei sp. n. (collected from the leaves of Strelitzia nicolai Regel & Koern), is descriptionbed from the Chimanimani Mountains of eastern Zimbabwe. The genus Nemo McAlpine, 1983, is recorded from the Afrotropical Region for the first time; two new species are descriptionbed: N. capensis from the southwestern Eastern Cape coast and N. zuluensis (collected from the leaves of S. nicolai) from the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast. Unique character states of southern African Nemo species are discussed. Dorsal and profile views of the head, and the wing, and the male terminalia, are illustrated for each species.

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