Authors: AIJAZ AHMAD WACHKOO, JEROEN VAN STEENIS, ZUBAIR AHMAD RATHER, JAYITA SENGUPTA, DHRITI BANERJEE
Abstract: Spilomyia manicata (Rondani, 1865) is reported as a new genus and species record from India and the Oriental region. A brief diagnosis, images, and comparison with allied species are provided to scientifically validate this new faunal record from the Indian subcontinent and to facilitate its prompt identification. The species shows rare distribution across its range, and various factors pose a threat to the existence of this large pollinator species. Therefore, the documentation of this species assumes significance for devising conservation strategies and sustainable management.
Keywords: Spilomyia manicata, Syrphidae, new record, distribution, Indian subcontinent
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