Pseudomicrodon

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Pseudomicrodon is a Neotropical genus of myrmecophilous hoverflies within the subfamily Microdontinae and family Syrphidae. It is known from 14 species. The fly's larvae are found in ant colonies where they have been observed preying on ant larvae, and are thus parasites of their hosts.

List of Pseudomicrodon and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Geographic Records Notes
Pseudomicrodon auricinctus (Sack, 1931) ants
Pseudomicrodon batesi (Shannon, 1927) ants Brazil, Guyana, Surinam
Pseudomicrodon bellulus Williston, 1891) ants
Pseudomicrodon biluminiferus (Hull, 1944) Crematogaster limata Brazil, Suriname bromeliad Aechmea lindenii
Pseudomicrodon chrysostypus (Thompson, 2004) ants
Pseudomicrodon claripennis (Hine, 1914) ants Guatemala
Pseudomicrodon conops (Curran, 1940) ants
Pseudomicrodon corona (Curran, 1940) ants Brazil
Pseudomicrodon nigrispinosus (Shannon, 1927) ants Brazil, Costa Rica, Surinam
''Pseudomicrodon pilosops (Marinoni, 2004) ants Brazil
Pseudomicrodon polistoides Reemer, 2013 ants Peru Malaise Trap
Pseudomicrodon rheochryssus (Hull, 1944) ants
Pseudomicrodon seabrai Papavero, 1962 ants Brazil
Pseudomicrodon smiti Reemer, 2013 ants Peru

References

  • Reemer, M. 2013. Review and Phylogenetic Evaluation of Associations between Microdontinae (Diptera: Syrphidae) and Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche Review article, 9 pages.
  • Reemer, M., Ståhls, G. 2013. Generic revision and species classification of the Microdontinae (Diptera, Syrphidae). ZooKeys 288: 1–213 (doi:10.3897/zookeys.288.4095).