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1 July 2009 The True Identity of Copeland's Aquatic Scuttle Fly (Diptera: Phoridae) from Indiana and Recognition of a Sibling Species from Texas
R. Henry L. Disney, Robert S. Copeland, Ebony Murrell
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Among the insects reported by Copeland (1989) breeding in the waters retained by treeholes in Indiana was a scuttle fly identified by W. H. Robinson as Megaselia scalaris (Loew). It is here reported that in fact this fly, along with fresh material from Illinois and Missouri, is M. imitatrix Borgmeier, whose type series was from Puerto Rico. An aquatic species reported from Texas is recognized as a sibling species of M. imitatrix and is named M. hansonix Disney, sp. nov. A single female from Brazil represents a third species of this complex, thus raising doubts about the identity of specimens from Brazil attributed to M. imitatrix by Benton and Claugher (2000).

R. Henry L. Disney, Robert S. Copeland, and Ebony Murrell "The True Identity of Copeland's Aquatic Scuttle Fly (Diptera: Phoridae) from Indiana and Recognition of a Sibling Species from Texas," Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111(3), 564-574, (1 July 2009). https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797-111.3.564
Published: 1 July 2009
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