Merodon bombiformis, Hull, 1944

Vujić, Ante, Radenković, Snežana, Zorić, Ljiljana Šašić, Likov, Laura, Tot, Tamara, Veselić, Sanja & Djan, Mihajla, 2021, Revision of the Merodon bombiformis group (Diptera: Syrphidae) - rare and endemic African hoverflies, European Journal of Taxonomy 755 (1), pp. 88-135 : 123

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2021.755.1401

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:F8C5C34F-CCBB-420B-9319-1DA224A5D783

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5013418

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/E07B6D1E-FFC6-2B60-D8D0-FEFFFA81FA36

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scientific name

Merodon bombiformis
status

 

Key to the species of the Merodon bombiformis   species group

Female of M. vittatus   sp. nov. is unknown.

1. Species with reddish-yellow/golden face, frons ( Figs 9A View Fig , 15A View Fig ), lateral sides of scutum ( Figs 10A View Fig , 14A View Fig ) and most of terga ( Figs 5A View Fig , 14A View Fig ); oral margin reduced ( Fig. 9A View Fig ); antennal segments very short ( Fig. 4A View Fig ) ...................................................................................... Merodon bombiformis Hull, 1944  

− Species with mostly dark face, frons, lateral sides of scutum and most of terga; oral margin protruded ( Fig. 9B–F View Fig ); antennal segments longer ( Fig. 4B–F View Fig ) ......................................................................... 2

2. Large, dark/brownish species (body length 10–14 mm) with distinct pollinose fasciae on terga 2–4 covered with whitish to yellow pile ( Figs 5B–D View Fig , 14B–C View Fig ); tergum 4 with broad medial pollinose fasciae; scutum with five longitudinal pollinose vittae; face dark, mostly covered with gray pollinosity ......................................................................................................................................... 3

− Smaller, black species (body length 6–9 mm) without or with less distinct pollinose fasciae on terga 2–4 ( Fig. 5E–F View Fig ); tergum 4 with less distinct medial pollinose fasciae; scutum without or with indistinct pollinose vittae; face shiny black without pollinosity ...................................................... 5

3. Metafemur with shorter and less dense pilosity, especially ventro-laterally ( Figs 6B–C View Fig , 16B View Fig ); eye contiguity longer, more than 15 ommatidia long; anterior margin of surstyle angular in lateral view ( Figs 7D View Fig , 13D View Fig ) .................................................................................................................................. 4

− Metafemur with long and dense pilosity, especially ventro-laterally ( Figs 6D View Fig , 16C View Fig ); eye contiguity shorter, about 10 ommatidia long; anterior margin of surstyle rounded in lateral view ( Fig. 7A View Fig : ams) ........................................................................................ Merodon zebra Vujić & Radenković   sp. nov.

4. Male genitalia with narrow, S-shaped posterior lobe of surstyle, gradually narrowing toward tip ( Fig. 7D View Fig ) (female unknown) .............................................. Merodon vittatus Vujić & Likov   sp. nov.

− Male genitalia with broad posterior lobe of surstyle, slightly curved, with almost parallel sides and rounded apex ( Fig. 13D View Fig ) ........................................................ Merodon multifasciatus Curran, 1939  

5. Terga 2–4 without pollinosity, only with medial fasciae of whitish pile ( Figs 5E View Fig , 14D View Fig ) (in female a pair of indistinct pollinose fasciae on tergum 4) .......... Merodon lotus Vujić & Radenković   sp. nov.

− Terga 2–4 with pairs of medial pollinose fasciae, covered with whitish to yellowish pile ( Figs 5F View Fig , 14E View Fig ) ..................................................................................................... Merodon nasicus Bezzi, 1915  

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Syrphidae

Genus

Merodon