TACHINIDAE: Tachininae: Occisorini: Phaoniella Malloch, 1938Phaoniella bifida Malloch, 1938, orig. des. [NZAC].
DiagnosisCharacteristics of Phaoniella include: 1. Body size 8.5 – 10mm; 2. Face with shallow antennal grooves separated by a wide rounded facial carina visible in profile; 3. Parafacials haired to about or just past mid-way; 4. Eyes haired; 5. scutellum with 3 pairs of marginal setae; 5. Female fore tarsi not dilated; 6. Male with vertex not wider than postpedicel; 7. Male 5th sternite with deep a excision in each lobe. Note: This genus keys out together with Chaetopletha, Neotachina, 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 BR, MC, NN
Species in New ZealandPhaoniella bifida Malloch, 1938
Biology and HostsUnknown
CitationSchnitzler F-R 2016. Tachinidae of New Zealand. Genus Phaoniella
Accessed: 24 January 2020