Review of the genus Namadytes Hesse,…

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Review of the genus Namadytes Hesse, 1969 (Insecta: Diptera: Mydidae: Syllegomydinae)

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The Mydidae genus Namadytes Hesse, 1969 is reviewed. It is known from five species, primarily occurring in Namibia. The study of newly available material from both Namibia and South Africa deposited in several natural history collections results in the recognition of three species and new synonymy of two, i.e., Namadytes pallidus Hesse, 1972 is a new junior synonym of Namadytes maculiventris (Hesse, 1969) and Namadytes prozeskyi Hesse, 1969: 282 is a new junior synonym of Namadytes vansoni Hesse, 1969: 280. All three species are re-described and comments on sexual dimorphism and intraspecific variation are made, a dichotomous key for their identification is presented, and illustrations and photographs are provided to support the descriptions and facilitate future identification. Distribution, occurrence in biodiversity hotspots sensu Conservation International, and seasonal incidence with associated weather and climatic data are discussed for all species. A morphological structure ventral to the halter and posterior to the metathoracic spiracle, the infra-halter sclerite, is here newly termed.

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ENGLISH

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ENGLISH

Originator
Torsten Dikow
Dr
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC United States
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Torsten Dikow
Dr
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC United States
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Torsten Dikow
Dr
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC United States

doi:10.15468/bxcxc3

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Biodiversity Data Journal

Publication Date

Mar 10, 2014

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May 8, 2014

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