Revision of the Melaloncha cingulata-group of bee-killing flies (Diptera: Phoridae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2004
Authors:B. V. Brown
Journal:Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Date Published:May
ISBN Number:0013-8746
Accession Number:ZOOREC:ZOOR14009049353

The species of the Melaloncha cingulata-group are revised. The group consists of two described species, M. cingulata Borgmeier and M. lamellata Borgmeier, plus the following nine new to science: M. crassa, M. elviae, M. hirticula, M. nudibasalis, M. pertica, M. prosopica, M, succincta, M. thompsonae, and M. variabilis. Two monophyletic species groups are proposed: the M. lamellata-subgroup (M. lamellata, M. pertica, and M. thompsonae) and the M. cingulata-subgroup (all other species). Probable stingless bee hosts are identified for three species.

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