TACHINIDAE: Tachininae: Occisorini: Chaetopletha Malloch, 1938Plethochaetigera (Chaetopletha) centralis Malloch, 1938, orig. des. and monotypy as a subgenus of Plethochaetigera. [NZAC].
DiagnosisCharacteristics 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 ZealandChaetopletha centralis Malloch, 1938.
Biology and HostsUnknown
CitationSchnitzler F-R 2016. Tachinidae of New Zealand. Genus Chaetopletha
Accessed: 24 January 2020