Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

TACHINIDAE: Tachininae: Occisorini: Chaetopletha Malloch, 1938

Plethochaetigera (Chaetopletha) centralis Malloch, 1938, orig. des. and monotypy as a subgenus of Plethochaetigera. [NZAC].


Characteristics of Chaetopletha include: 1. Body size 12 - 13mm; 2. Parafacials haired; 3. Face directed strong obliquely downwards; 4. 2nd abdominal tergite with 2 pairs of discal setae. Note: This genus keys out together with Neotachina, Phaoniella, Platytachina, Plethochaetigera, and Tachineo. It is considerably difficult to find satisfactory external characters to distinguish these genera in a dichotomous key. This difficulty is expressed by Malloch 1938 several times over as well as by Dugdale 1969. A thorough revision at the genus level is needed that includes molecular analysis, rearing and collecting of new material.

Distribution in NZ

South Island: NN.

Species in New Zealand

Chaetopletha centralis Malloch, 1938.

Biology and Hosts



Schnitzler F-R 2016. Tachinidae of New Zealand. Genus Chaetopletha
Accessed: 14 August 2020


v1.0. Schnitzler F-R. 2016