Thyreophora anthropophaga Robineau-Desvoidy, an 'extinct' bone-skipper rediscovered in Kashmir (Diptera: Piophilidae, Thyreophorina). VERNER MICHELSEN Material of a small thyreophorine fly collected on the carcass of a horse in Kashmir is referred to Centrophlebomyia Hendel and found probably identical with Thyreophora anthropophaga Robineau-Desvoidy, a species with has remained unrecognized since its description in 1830. It is redescribed and compared with C. furcata (Fabricius). V. Michelsen, Zool. Mus., Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. The bone-skippers, subtribe Thyreophorina of the Piophilidae, are necrophilous and almost exclusively collected on exposed carcasses of larger mammals in advanced stages of decay. Decomposing bone marrow may be the preferred larval diet. The adults are readily recognized by having the scutellum very lengthened, more markedly so in the males, and dorsally flattened. They occur preferentially during the colder sea- son of the year. The group is mainly found in the Southern Hemisphere: 1 genus with 5 species in Australia, 1 genus with 2 species in South America, and I genus with I species in central Africa. A review of the world genera and species of Thyreophorina is given by McAlpine (1977). Freidberg ( 1981 ) recognized only two Palearc- tic species of Thyreophorina. One is the
Insect Systematics & Evolution – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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