Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Houseflies of New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Musca domestica
Over the past couple of months, Marcia Couri and colleagues have published two monographs on the Muscidae of New Caledonia and Vanuatu. These two papers describe six new species with nine other species recorded from the region for the first time. The world-wide house fly Musca domestica (pictured here) is newly recorded from a number of islands throughout Vanuatu.

These papers are important additions to our knowledge of Melanesian flies. They give keys and diagnoses for the genera and species found in each archipelago, and give comments on the wider distribution of the flies found. Unfortunately, there are few illustrations, limited to line drawings of taxonomically important structures of the newly described species. While this may limit their utility to users who don't already have some familiarity with the group, these paper effectively summarize the housefly fauna of the region and provide a good basis for the further study of this important group.

Couri MS, Pont AC, Daugeron C. 2010. The Muscidae (Diptera) of Vanuatu. Zootaxa 2556: 1–39
Couri MS, Pont AC, Daugeron C. 2010. The Muscidae (Diptera) of New Caledonia. Zootaxa 2503: 1–61

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