Alvamaja chlorometallica gen. n., sp. n. from Europe : the first metallic Rhinophoridae (Diptera)
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Original versionRognes, K. (2010)
Alvamaja chlorometallica gen. n., sp. n. is described from the southern part of Serbia. It has a perplexing combination of characters for an oestroid fly: green metallic body colour with silvery pollinosity; absence of swollen subscutellum; a small metathoracic spiracle without lappets, latter represented by small anterior and posterior fringes; prealar seta long and strong, close to suture and longer than any of the notopleural setae; postalar wall with 1–3 setae; an elongate lower calypter, with an inner edge diverging from the long axis of the fly and bare on upper surface; cell r4+5 of wing stalked, stalk moderately long; bend of vein M angulated with a small appendix, and the second costal sector bare below. Its systematic position among the oestroid flies is discussed. A phylogenetic analysis performed with NONA suggests that it belongs in the Rhinophoridae. A new genus is created for it since it does not fit into any of the currently recognised genera of Rhinophoridae.