New Distributional Records Of Robber Flies (Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae) From The Darjeeling Himalaya Of West Bengal

Abstract :

Eight species namely Ommatius jonesi Joseph & Parui, 1985; Promachus maculatus (Fabricius, 1775); Machimus bicolor Joseph & Parui, 1985; Machimus indianus Ricardo, 1919; Machimus inutilis Bromley, 1935; Trichomachimus himachali Parui, Kaur & Kapoor, 1999; Trichomachimus pubescens (Ricardo, 1922) and Stenopogon subtus (Bromley, 1935); belonging to five genera viz., Ommatius Wiedemann, 1821; Promachus Loew, 1848; Machimus Loew, 1849; Trichomachimus Engel, 1933 and Stenopogon Loew, 1847; of three subfamilies Ommatini, Asilinae and Stenopogoninae, are recorded for the first time from the Himalayan and sub-himalayan region of West Bengal, are listed, keyed, and discussed. Distribution pattern is also included wherever deemed necessary, along with morphology and methodology in aid of understanding the flies of family Asilidae.

Keyword :

Taxonomy, Asilidae, new records, Darjeeling Himalaya, West Bengal

Author(s) : Naskar, A., Maity, A., Homechaudhuri, S., Banerjee, D.
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Published Issue : 2019 Vol. 14 Number 2

2019 Vol. 14 Number 2