The Crane Flies of Martinique, with the Description of Four New Species (Diptera, Tipuloidea)

Jorge Mederos, Marc Pollet, Pjotr Oosterbroek

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The results of a first major inventory of the crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) of the Lesser Antillean island of Martinique are presented here, based almost exclusively on pan trap sampling during 2018. A total of 27 species of crane flies were discovered, including four new species, Teucholabis (Teucholabis) carbetensis sp. nov., Atypophthalmus (Atypophthalmus) vanewrighti sp. nov., Rhipidia (Rhipidia) martiniquensis sp. nov. (all three Limoniidae), and Zelandotipula gelhausi sp. nov. (Tipulidae). Seven species have been identified till the morphospecies level, due to the exclusive capture of female specimens. In addition, the species Zelandotipula parviceps (Speiser, 1909) from Guadeloupe is redescribed, based on the study of the female holotype. A checklist of Limoniidae and Tipulidae of Martinique is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26-Jan-2023

Thematic List 2020

  • Protected nature

Thematic list

  • Insects

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B320-systematic-zoology
  • B320-taxonomy
  • B320-zoogeography
  • B280-animal-ecology

Taxonomic list

  • true flies (2-winged flies) (Diptera)

Geographic list

  • Neotropic


  • identification

Free keywords

  • Tipulidae
  • crane flies
  • Martinique
  • Pitons du Carbet

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