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Challenging the definition of the subfamily Usiinae: Phthiraxini, an unusual new tribe of bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae), based on Phthiraxia bowdeni gen. and sp. nov. from Western Australia

Li, Xuankun; Yeates, David Keith


A new genus Phthiraxia gen. nov. (Usiinae: Phthiriini) is described from a remote region of Western Australia based on a male and a female specimen collected 35 years ago. The pair represent a single new species Phthiraxia bowdeni sp. nov. Two important characteristics of this new genus, however, challenge the definition of the subfamily Usiinae: the clypeus does not reach the base of antennae, and the palp is two-segmented. Moreover, Phthiraxia gen. nov. has two other features: the wing vein...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Austral Entomology
DOI: 10.1111/aen.12235


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