Platypalpus longiseta (Zetterstedt, 1842)

Barták, Miroslav & Kubík, Štěpán, 2018, Hybotidae (Diptera) from Turkey, with descriptions of seven new species, Zootaxa 4410 (3), pp. 453-482: 472-473

publication ID

publication LSID

persistent identifier

treatment provided by


scientific name

Platypalpus longiseta (Zetterstedt, 1842)


Platypalpus longiseta (Zetterstedt, 1842)  

Material examined. Muğla prov.: 1♂, Akyaka, pasture, 4 m, 37°03′09′′N, 28°20′17′′E, Barták, Kubík, 23– 27.ix.2012 GoogleMaps   ; 9♂, Akyaka, river bank + salty meadow, 37°03′16′′N, 28°19′57′′E, Barták, Kubík, 16–27.v.2011; 1♂, Merkez Co. Yenice, 37°6.978′N, 28°19.102′E, 670 m, 8.x.2006 GoogleMaps   ; 1♂, Muğla University campus, SW + PT, 700 m, 37°09′42′′N, 28°22′21′′E, Barták, Kubík, 17–22.v.2011; Samsun prov. : 1♂, Samsun University campus, 41°22′N, 36°11′E, Barták, Kubík,–4.vii.2014 —all CULSP GoogleMaps   .

Remarks. This species is distributed in Europe including the Mediterranean, eastwards to Uzbekistan, also Israel and Turkey. The above mentioned records are based on males only because of difficulties in identifying females. All specimens were dissected and, all except two (last two males in the list above) belong to form with “ pallidiventris   ” genitalia (i.e., with short tooth on apex of left cercus and strongly ventrally bowed subepandrial sclerite) and simultaneously “ longiseta   ” fore tarsi (i.e., ultimate tarsal segment black annulated but penultimate one yellow). This result should be expected because P. longiseta   is a very common species and we selected from our large samples preferably specimens with short tooth on apex of left cercus. Several specimens have bifurcated tooth on left cercus (with smaller tooth laterally near base of longer apical tooth, best visible in dorsolateral view).

Interestingly, we found no males with typical “ pallidiventris   ” forelegs (i.e., with subequally coloured ultimate and penultimate joints of fore tarsus) in Turkey (although Grootaert (2008) reports this species from Turkey). However, recently we found several such males from Israel including intermediate forms in leg colouration. So, both species may represent only different forms of a single species.