Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2019-01-30
Page range: 237–243
Abstract views: 86
PDF downloaded: 2

New Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) reared from dead Termite, Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki, 1909) (Isoptera: Termitidae) in China

Liaoning Key Laboratory of Urban Integrated Pest Management and Ecological Security, College of Life Science and Bioengineering, Shenyang University, Shenyang 110044, China
Yunnan Key Laboratory for Integrative Conservation of Plant Species with Extremely Small Populations, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, 650204, China.
Diptera Phoridae Megaselia Termitidae Odontotermes new species


Two scuttle flies, Megaselia nigrifinis sp. n. and M. setidifferitatis sp. n. are described and illustrated. The flies were reared from dead termite, Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki, 1909) (Isoptera: Termitidae) in Nanjing, China.



  1. Balduf, W.V. (1928) Notes on the habits of Aphiochaeta aletiae. Ohio Journal of Science, 28, 237–245.

    Bonet, J., Ulefors, S.O., Viklund, B. & Pape, T. (2011) Species richness estimations of the megadiverse scuttle fly Megaselia (Diptera, Phoridae) in a wildfire-affected hemiboreal forest. Insect Science, 18 (3), 325–348.

    Borgmeier, T. (1967) Studies on Indo-Australian Phorid flies, based mainly on materials of the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the United States National Museum (Diptera, Phoridae). Part II. Studia Entomologica, 10, 81–276.

    Brown, B.V., Kung, J.A. & Porras, W. (2015) A new type of ant-decapitation in the Phoridae (Insecta, Diptera). Biodiversity Data Journal, 3, e4299.

    Buck, M. & Disney, R.H.L. (2001) Revision of the Megaselia giraudii and M. densior species complexes of Europe, including ecological notes (Diptera, Phoridae). Beiträge zur Entomologie, 51 (1), 73–154.

    Disney, R.H.L. (1979) A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera, Phoridae) from Northamptonshire. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation, 91, 317–318.

    Disney, R.H.L. (1985) Watching scuttle flies on Project Wallace. Antenna, 9, 139–141.

    Disney, R.H.L. (1986) Two remarkable new species of scttle fly (Diptera, Phordae) with description of nine new species. Oriental Insects, 22, 267–280.

    Disney, R.H.L. (1989) Scuttle flies—Diptera, Phoridae, genus Megaselia. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects, 10, 1–155.

    Disney, R.H.L. (1994) Scuttle flies: The Phoridae. Chapman and Hall, London, xii+467pp.

    Disney, R.H.L. (2006) Nine new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera, Phoridae) from the Seychelles. Zootaxa, 1210, 1–25.

    Disney, R.H.L. (2010) A troublesome sibling species complex of scuttle flies (Diptera, Phoridae) revisited. Journal of Natural History, 33, 1159–1216.

    Disney, R.H.L. (2013) An unusually rich scuttle fly fauna (Diptera, Phoridae) from north of the Arctic Circle in the Kola Peninsula, N. W. Russia. Zookeys, 342, 45–74.

    Disney, R.H.L. & Kistner, D.H. (1990) Revision of the termite-parasitizing genus Dicranopteron (Diptera, Phoridae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 98, 111–122.

    Disney, R.H.L. & Kistner, D.H. (1992) The revision of the termitophilous Thaumatoxeniinae (Diptera, Phoridae). Journal of Natural History, 26, 953–991.

    Disney, R.H.L. & Kistner, D.H. (1995) Revision of the Afrotropical Termitoxeniinae (Diptera, Phoridae). Sociobiology, 26, 115–225.

    Disney, R.H.L. & Kistner, D.H. (1997) Revision of the Oriental Termitoxeniinae (Diptera, Phoridae). Sociobiology, 29, 1–118.

    Dupont, S. & Pape, T. (2009) A review of termitophilous and other termite-associated scuttle flies worldwide (Diptera, Phoridae). Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews, 2, 3–40.

    Eyles, A.C. (1965) Observation on some parasites of two Wiseana species (Lepidoptera, Hepialidae). New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 8, 951–958.

    Feener, D.H. & Brown, B.V. (1997) Diptera as parasitioids. Annual Review of Entomology, 42, 73–97.

    Schmitz, H. (1939) Die ersten hundert Phoriden von Portugal. Brotéria, 35, 180–193.