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Kaurimyia gen. nov.: Discovery of Apsilocephalidae (Diptera: Therevoid clade) in New Zealand

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Winterton, S.L. and Irwin, M.E. (2008) Kaurimyia gen. nov.: Discovery of Apsilocephalidae (Diptera: Therevoid clade) in New Zealand. Zootaxa, 1779 . pp. 37-44.

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A new genus (Kaurimyia thorpei gen. et sp. nov.) of the enigmatic fly family Apsilocephalidae (Asiloidea) is described from New Zealand. Kaurimyia thorpei gen. et sp. nov. is described and figured from male and female specimens, one of which was collected in Kauri forest near Auckland (North Island). While superficially similar to Apsilocephala Krober, this new genus shows closer affinities to Clesthentia White (=Clesthentiella Nagatomi, Saigusa, Nagatomi et Lyneborg syn. nov.) from Tasmania based on genitalic characters such as aedeagus shape and non-articulated surstyli. Apsilocephalidae is presently known from just a few extant species in North America and Tasmania (Australia), although extinct species are recorded from the Holarctic and Oriental regions. This is the first description of the family from New Zealand.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Plant Science
Additional Information:© Magnolia Press.
Keywords:Apsilocephalidae; Kauri; New Zealand.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Science > Zoology > Morphology
Live Archive:29 Jan 2009 05:01
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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