Cervicorniphora alcicornis

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Cervicorniphora alcicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Flies
Suborder: Aschiza
Family: Syrphidae
Subfamily: Microdontinae
Genus: Cervicorniphora
Species: C. alcicornis
Binomial name
Cervicorniphora alcicornis
Ferguson, 1926

Diagnosis

Cervicorniphora was described for an Australian Microdon species in which the basoflagellomere "is deeply cleft into two prongs widely separated." However, Hull should have read what Ferguson (1926: 171) wrote of this species, "the antennal structure is most extraordinary, but I do not think sufficient to justify the erection of a new genus, as in all other respects the species is in agreement with other Australian species of Microdon and the antennae are most variable in the genus.

A blackish species with bifurcate antennae. Microdon-like flies in which the basoflagellomere is deeply cleft into two prongs widely separated. M. alcicornis has vein R4+5 with an appendix into cell R4+5 (Hull 1949).

Description

Distribution

Australia and Tasmania.

Biology

REFERENCES

  • Xin-Yue Cheng & F. Christian Thompson (2008). "A generic conspectus of the Microdontinae (Diptera: Syrphidae) with the description of two new genera from Africa and China