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Published: 2023-05-05
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First record of Diastatidae (Diptera: Ephydroidea) from Brazil, with the description of a new species

Laboratório de Biologia Comparada e Abelhas; Departamento de Biologia; Faculdade de Filosofia; Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto; Universidade de São Paulo; Av. Bandeirantes; 3900; 14040–901; Ribeirão Preto; SP; Brazil
Laboratório de Morfologia e Evolução de Diptera; Departamento de Biologia; Faculdade de Filosofia; Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto; Universidade de São Paulo; Av. Bandeirantes; 3900; 14040–901; Ribeirão Preto; SP; Brazil
Department of Entomology; NHB 169; PO Box 37012; Smithsonian Institution; Washington; D. C. 20013-7012; United States
Diptera geographic distribution new record Neotropical Schizophora taxonomy


The ephydroid family Diastatidae is recorded for the first time from Brazil. A new species, Diastata fachini Costa, Pirani & Mathis, sp. nov. which was collected from the Atlantic Forest, is described. The description is based on an adult male and female and includes photographs and detailed illustrations.



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