New species of the Australian horse fly subgenus Scaptia (Plinthina) Walker 1850 (Diptera: Tabanidae), including species descriptions and a revised key
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
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Australian Journal of Entomology
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 241–252, August 2011
How to Cite
Lessard, B. D. and Yeates, D. K. (2011), New species of the Australian horse fly subgenus Scaptia (Plinthina) Walker 1850 (Diptera: Tabanidae), including species descriptions and a revised key. Australian Journal of Entomology, 50: 241–252. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00809.x
- Issue published online: 22 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
- Accepted for publication 17 November 2010.
Horse flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) are recognised for their medical and veterinary importance, but they also have an important role in pollination. The genus Scaptia Walker 1850 contains more than 100 species and comprises seven subgenera with an exclusively southern distribution from Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and South America. Five new Australian species are described in the subgenus Plinthina, which previously comprised only seven species, and an existing key is modified to include the new species, all of which are diagnosed and figured. The new species are: S. (Plinthina) arnhemensissp.n. Lessard, S. (Plinthina) aurifulgasp.n. Lessard, S. (Plinthina) beyonceaesp.n. Lessard, S. (Plinthina) nelsonaesp.n. Lessard and S. (Plinthina) nigripunctasp.n. Lessard.