Phasia indica ( Mesnil, 1953 ), Sun & Marshall, 2003

Sun, Xuekui & Marshall, Stephen A., 2003, Systematics of Phasia Latreille (Diptera: Tachinidae), Zootaxa 276 (1), pp. 1-320: 131-132

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Phasia indica ( Mesnil, 1953 )

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3.5.5 Phasia indica ( Mesnil, 1953)   , comb. nov.

(Figures I­25, II­5.1)

Parallophora indica Mesnil, 1953: 177   .

Alophora (Hyalomyia) indica: Draber­Mońko 1965: 98   .

Alophora (Hyalomya) indica: Crosskey 1976: 166   (catalog).


Body length: 3.5­4 mm.

MALE: HEAD. Head spherical or nearly so. Eyes separated by a distance as wide as ocellar triangle. Fronto­orbital plate black with grey pruinosity. Frontal vitta parallel, black, with strongly silvery pruinosity. Frontal vitta at base of antennae 1.2 times as wide as fronto­orbital plate anteriorly. Ocellar setae present but fine; 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, orange yellow, grey pruinose. Vibrissa well differentiated; intervibrissal distance 2 times distance between vibrissa and eye on same side; facial ridge with bristles on lower 1/5. Gena black with grey pruinosity; hairs white; height 0.1 times eye height. Lunule black and shining; sublunular bulla indistinct. Antenna pedicel yellow or brown; first flagellomere black, 1.6 times as long as pedicel; arista thickened on basal 0.5, second aristomere 2 times as long as its width. Length of oral opening 1.5 times its width. Occiput flattened, white pruinose; hairs black. Palpus brown.

THORAX. Mesoscutum shining, without pruinosity, with fine black hairs. 0+1 acrostichal seta; 1+2 dorsocentral setae; 2 postpronotal setae; presutural supra­alar seta present, but fine; 0­1postsutural intra­alar seta; 2 notopleural setae; 2 postalar setae. Pleuron thinly grey pruinose; hairs black; and without scale­like setae. Anepimeral setae medium size, black; usually 1 katepisternal seta; 7­9 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. Wing hyaline, narrow; petiole of apical cell 0.4 times as long as preceding section of R 4+5; M meeting R 4+5 almost at right angle. Halter yellow, or brown. LEGS. Fore femur swollen black; hairs black. Fore tibia black, without bristles, apically with 0­1 pv, 1 pd and 1 d. Fore tarus brown to black. Fore claws brown, apex black, 1.1 times as long as fifth tarsomere. Pulvilli brown. Mid femur brown; hairs black. Mid tibia brown, with 0­1 a and 1 v, apically 1 ad, 1 av, 1 pv, 1 p, 1 v and 1 d. Hind femur brown; hairs black. Hind tibia slightly arched, brown, with 3­4 ad and 8­10 pd.

ABDOMEN. Abdominal tergites black; pruinosity present, but thin; longitudinal vitta present, but interrupted between tergites. Relative length of abdominal tergites I+II:III:IV: V = 1.2:1:1:1.1; relative width I+II:III:IV: V = 0.7:1:1.1:0.8. Syntergite I+II shiny, not pruinose. Pruinosity of tergite III silvery (on posterior half). Pruinosity of tergites IV, V silvery; hair spots distinct. TERMINALIA. Syncercus long, with a semicircular notch posteriorly; apex strongly bent ventrally. Surstylus straight, slightly broadened and bent upward on apical half, longer than cercus. Ejaculatory apodeme small, knob­like. Hypandrium as long as phallapodeme. Pregonite small triangular. Postgonite well developed, pointed, longer than pregonite, and with sparse hairs ventrally. Phallus slender, 1.3­ 1.4 times as long as hypandrium, with fine hairs dorsally. Distiphallus swollen, with a row of regular saw teeth ventrally.

FEMALE. Wing hyaline. Eyes separated by a distance as wide as single ocellus. Frons triangular. Anterior spine­like setae of hind tibia well developed. Sternite VII (sheath) longer than sternite VIII, tapered, broad apically, slightly bent, apex directed dorsally, sternite VII with linear wrinkles ventrally. Ovipositor bent upward.


Parallophora indica Mesnil, 1953   . Holotype ♂, INDIA, Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur (BMNH, examined); paratypes, 1♂ 3♀, "10.v.17, parasitic on Bagrada picta   /Bot: gardens/ Saharanpur/C.No. 1554/Imperial Ent. Identification 2240 of 1940/India" (with pupae, BMNH, examined).


INDIA. "10.v.17, parasitic on Bagrada picta   /Bot: gardens/ Saharanpur/ C.No. 1554/ Imperial Ent. Identification 2240 of 1940/India" (1♂, BMNH); "H.D.E., I.A.R.J. Identification 106 of 1949/ Com. Inst.Ent. Coll. No. 11277/ type label (?)" [det by L.Mesnil as Alophora indica Mesnil 1951   ] (1♂ 2♀, CNCI, BMNH); Delhi, Iari, 13­14.v.1985, J. Lasalle (6♂ 2♀, ROME). DOUBTFUL LOCALITY. "[INDIA?] 'emerged on, [from] Bagrada picta   ' ex: Mesnil Collection (1♂, CNCI)"; " [INDIA?] 'Lasayai, 9.iv.1969, [ex:] Bagrada hilaris   , (1♀, BMNH, with pupae)".


Bagrada picta (Fabr.)   ( Hemiptera   , Pentatomidae   ): ­ India ( Mesnil 1953: 177 ­ Draber­ Mońko 1965: 101 ­ Crosskey 1976: 291).

Bagrada hilaris (Burm.)   ( Hemiptera   , Pentatomidae   ): ­ India ( Crosskey 1976: 291).


Phasia indica (Mesnil)   is only found in India, but its host, Bagrada picta (Fab.)   is also distributed in the Afrotropical region.


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Phasia indica ( Mesnil, 1953 )

Sun, Xuekui & Marshall, Stephen A. 2003

Alophora (Hyalomya) indica:

Crosskey, R. W. 1976: 166

Alophora (Hyalomyia) indica: Draber­Mońko 1965: 98

Draber-Monko, A. 1965: 98

Parallophora indica

Mesnil, L. P. 1953: 177