Phasia normalis ( Curran, 1927 ), Sun & Marshall, 2003

Sun, Xuekui & Marshall, Stephen A., 2003, Systematics of Phasia Latreille (Diptera: Tachinidae), Zootaxa 276 (1), pp. 1-320: 135-136

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Phasia normalis ( Curran, 1927 )

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3.5.7 Phasia normalis ( Curran, 1927)   , comb. nov.

(Figures I­42, II­3.3)

Strongylogaster normalis Curran, 1927: 355   .

Hyalomyia normalis: Malloch 1930: 95   .

Besserioides bancrofti Paramonov, 1958: 597   , syn. nov. ­ Crosskey 1973: 111 (catalog) ­ Cantrell and Crosskey 1989: 735 (catalog).

Alophora (Hyalomya) normalis: Crosskey 1973: 110   (catalog) ­ Cantrell and Crosskey 1989: 735 (catalog).


Body length: 3­6 mm.

MALE: HEAD. Head spherical or nearly so. Eyes separated by a distance narrower than ocellar triangle, but wider than ocellus. Dorsal facets of eyes same as ventral facets. Fronto­orbital plate black with grey pruinosity. Frontal vitta narrow, parallel. Frontal vitta at base of antennae as wide as fronto­orbital plate anteriorly. Ocellar setae strong; outer vertical setae present; inner vertical setae absent. Face black with grey pruinosity. Parafacial black with grey pruinosity, bare, 0.9 times as wide as first flagellomere. Lower margin of face projecting, visible in profile, brown and black with grey pruinosity. Vibrissa well differentiated; intervibrissal distance 1.8 times distance between vibrissa and eye on same side; facial ridge with bristles on lower 1/4. Gena black with grey pruinosity; hairs white; height less than 0.1 times eye height. Lunule black and shining; sublunular bulla indistinct. Antenna black; first flagellomere 1.3 times as long as pedicel; arista thickened on basal 1/ 3. Length of oral opening 2.3 times its width. Occiput flattened, white pruinose; hairs white. Palpus yellow and brown.

THORAX. Mesoscutum thinly pruinose laterally, with fine black hairs. 0(1)+1 acrostichal setae; 1+1(2) dorsocentral setae; 1­2 postpronotal setae; presutural supra­alar seta absent; 0 postsutural intra­alar seta; 2 notopleural setae; 1 supra­alar seta; 2 postalar setae. Pleuron thinly grey pruinose; hairs black. Anepimeral setae medium size, black; 1 katepisternal seta; 4­5 meral setae. Scutellum black, shining, without pruinosity, with two pairs of marginal setae; apical setae present and distinct; discal setae randomly arranged, not in rows. Subscutellum not very prominent. WING. Lower calypter white with light brown infuscation. Wing base without scale­like setae. Tegula black. Basicosta brown and black. Wing hyaline, narrow; petiole of apical cell 0.45 times as long as preceding section of R 4+5; M meeting R 4+5 almost at right angle. Halter yellow. LEGS. Fore femur black; hairs black. Fore tibia black, without bristles, apically with 1 pv and 1 d. Fore tarus black. Fore claws brown to black; 0.8­0.9 times as long as fifth tarsomere. Pulvilli brown. Mid femur black; hairs black. Mid tibia black, with 1 v, apically with 0­1 ad, 0­1 a, 1 av, 1 pv, 1 pd, 1 v and 1 d. Hind femur black; hairs black. Hind tibia black, with 3 ad and 3 pd.

ABDOMEN. Abdominal tergites black; pruinosity present, but thin; longitudinal vitta distinctly present; abdomen spherical. Relative length of abdominal tergites I+II:III:IV: V = 1.2:1:0.9:0.9; relative width I+II:III:IV: V = 0.4:1:1:0.8. Syntergite I+II shiny, not pruinose. Tergites III, IV greyish yellow pruinose on anterior 2/5; but shining on posterior 3/5; hair spots distinct. Tergite V greyish yellow pruinose on whole tergum except the central black longitudinal vitta; hair spots distinct. TERMINALIA. Syncercus deeply U­notched posteriorly, not bent downward. Surstylus broadly flattened, bent upward; almost as long as cercus. Ejaculatory apodeme small, knob­like. Hypandrium broad, shorter than phallapodeme. Epiphallus well developed. Pregonite well developed, shorter than postgonite, haired dorsally. Postgonite pointed, haired ventrally. Phallus slender, 1.3­1.4 times as long as hypandrium, with fine white hairs dorsally on basal 1/2. Distiphallus broad, membranous.

FEMALE: Wing hyaline. Eyes separated by a distance narrower than ocellus; almost touching. Anterior spine­like setae of hind tibia present. Sternite VII (sheath) longer than sternite VI, parrot­mouth­like in profile, and arrow­like in ventral view, pointed apically, not bent, apex straight, almost smooth ventrally. Ovipositor bent upward.


Strongylogaster normalis Curran, 1927   . Holotype ♀, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, Palmerston (DEIC, not examined).

Besserioides bancrofti Paramonov, 1958   . Holotype ♂, [ AUSTRALIA], [Queensland], Palm Island, Bancroft (No. 5858, ANIC, examined).


AUSTRALIA: New South Wales: Cabramatta [?],, M. Nikitin (2♀, BMNH); Glen Innes (E), Kangawalla Game Res., Shannon Vale, 26.iv.1975, B.K. Cantrell (1♂, QDPC); Mount Kaputor National Park, 560m, 26.iii.1978, G. Daniceis (1♂, AMSA); Narrabri, 27.i.1960, M. Nikitin, B.M. 1960­619 (1♀, BMNH); Sydney, Lea (1♂, SAMA). Queensland: Brisbane (SE), Moggill Farm, 25m, 27.i­1.ii.1961, J.L. and M. Cabramaffa, Georges, 7.ii.1959, R. Valley (2♂ 4♀, BMNH, BPBM); Gatton, D.P.I. Research Satation, 5­ 11.v.1981 (1♀, QDPC); Kairi (N), D.P.I. Research Station,, B.K. Cantrell (5♂ 1♀, QDPC); Koah (N), 17.ix.1938 (3♂ 3♀, BMNH); Redlynch (N), 11.ix.1938, (2♂, BMNH); Thornlands (SE Qld.), 2.xi.1980, J.F. Donaldson (1♂, QDPC); [?], ii.1903, Brubetti (1♂, BMNH).




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Phasia normalis ( Curran, 1927 )

Sun, Xuekui & Marshall, Stephen A. 2003

Alophora (Hyalomya) normalis:

Cantrell, B. K. & R. W. Crosskey 1989: 735
Crosskey, R. W. 1973: 110

Besserioides bancrofti

Cantrell, B. K. & R. W. Crosskey 1989: 735
Crosskey, R. W. 1973: 111
Paramonov, S. J. 1958: 597

Strongylogaster normalis

Curran, C. H. 1927: 355