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The genus Blepharella Macquart (Diptera: Tachinidae) in Japan, with notes on the Oriental species B. lateralis Macquart

Kyushu University Museum, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.
Biosystematics Laboratory, Graduate School of Social & Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, Motooka, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
Diptera fauna Goniini host-record microtype eggs new species new synonym terminalia


The genus Blepharella Macquart belongs to the tribe Goniini of the Tachinidae (Diptera). Three new species of this genus are described from Japan (B. bomolocha sp. nov., B. grisescens sp. nov., and B. yaeyamana sp. nov.) and B. nigra Mesnil is redescribed. Blepharella tenuparafacialis Chao & Shi is synonymized with the type species B. lateralis Macquart, syn. nov. and the male and female terminalia of B. lateralis are described and illustrated. The microtype eggs of B. bomolocha, B. nigra and B. lateralis are illustrated for the first time.



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