Dasyrhicnoessa vockerothi Hardy & Delfinado, 1980

Munari, Lorenzo, Kirk-Spriggs, Ashley H. & Mcgregor, Gillian K., 2020, The beach flies of the Mascarene Islands (Diptera: Canacidae: Tethininae), Zootaxa 4853 (2), pp. 183-198 : 193

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Dasyrhicnoessa vockerothi Hardy & Delfinado, 1980


Dasyrhicnoessa vockerothi Hardy & Delfinado, 1980

Figs 12 View FIGURES 10–12 , 17 View FIGURES 13–18 , 28 View FIGURES 25–29 , 33 View FIGURES 30–34 .

Distribution. Afrotropical: Mascarenes ( Mauritius *, Rodrigues *), Seychelles (Aldabra, Astove, Mahé). Australasian/Oceanian: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland), Bismarck Islands (Dyaul), Caroline Islands ( Truk, Palau), Hawaii (Hawaii, Hilo, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu), Kiribati, Mariana Islands ( Guam, Saipan), Marshall Islands,? New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Wake Island. Oriental: Cocos Islands, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Malaysia (Penang, Sarawak, Selangor), Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka.

Material examined (all “A.H. Kirk-Spriggs & B.S. Muller, sweeping intertidal zone and coastal vegetation”, unless otherwise stated). Mauritius: 2♂, 1♀, Flacq, Poste Lafayette , 20°07′02″S, 57°45′05″E, 1–3 m, 30.i.2018 (1♂ deposited LMC) GoogleMaps ; 1♀ (cf.), Pamplemousses, Le Goulet , 20°06′14″S, 57°31′02″E, 1–3 m, 30.i.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♂, 2♀, Pamplemousses, Trou aux Biches , 20°02′36″S, 57°32′14″E, 1–3 m, 29–30.i.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♀, Savanne, Bel Ombre , 20°29′32″S, 57°22′42″E, 1–3 m, 26.i.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♂, Savanne, Riambel , 20°31′09″S, 57°30′25″E, 1–3 m, 26.i.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♂, 1♀, Savanne, Rivière des Galets , 20°30′04″S, 57°26′52″E, 1–3 m, 26.i.2018 GoogleMaps . Rodrigues: 2♂, 1♀, Anse Ally , 19°41′42″S, 63°29′48″E, 1–3 m, 10.ii.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♂, 2♀, Anse aux Anglais , 19°40′15″S, 63°26′19″E, 1–3 m, 10.ii.2018 (1♂ deposited LMC) GoogleMaps ; 1♂, Anse Mourouk , 19°44′23″S, 63°27′53″E, 1–3 m, 10.ii.2018 (deposited LMC) GoogleMaps ; 3♀ (cf.), Baie du Nord , 19°42′33″S, 63°22′20″E, 1–3 m, 9.ii.2018 (1♀ deposited LMC) GoogleMaps ; 2♀, Île Michel , 19°44′43″S, 63°24′13″E, 1–3 m, 10.ii.2018 GoogleMaps ; 1♂, Plaine Mapou , 19°44′52″S, 63°20′21″E, 1–3 m, 9.ii.2018 GoogleMaps ; 3♂, Rivière Banane , 19°40′37″S, 63°28′30″E, 1–3 m, 10.ii.2018 GoogleMaps (all deposited BMSA, unless otherwise stated).

Comments: Usually smaller than its congener, D. insularis , with which it is easily confused by the moderate to wide coverage of yellow on the mesonotum, which in some cases, may be uniformly pale grey, with light yellowish nuances. Specimens from different Pacific locations often exhibit the same range of variation, with a few even exhibiting a uniformly grey to brownish mesonotum. The posteroventral armature of spine-like setae on the male mid femur is also similar in the two species and most specimens have this armature similar to that of D. insularis . As well as their relative sizes, the two species are unequivocally characterised by the morphology of the male terminalia, especially the shape of the surstylus ( Figs 16, 17 View FIGURES 13–18 ). Conversely, females are only tentatively identified if strictly associated with males from the same locality. Based on the plentiful material examined here, it is concluded that D. vockerothi occurs infrequently in the Mascarenes, or at least on the beaches where the fly material was sampled, despite the wide distribution of this species on the seashores of the Oriental and Australasian/Oceanian Regions. These records, from the western Indian Ocean, represent the western-most occurrence of this prevalently Pacific Ocean species. Dasyrhicnoessa vockerothi is recorded here for the first time from the Mascarenes.


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