In this section
- Biological diagnostics
- Freshwater algae
- Freshwater invertebrates guide
- Fungal guide
- Hair sample identification and factsheets
- Key to Coprosma species
- Key to Cotoneaster species
- Key to flowering plant genera of New Zealand
- Key to the grasses
- Key to Ichneumonidae in New Zealand
- Key to the Myrtaceae of New Zealand
- Key to Mycetophila
- Key to native orchids
- Key to native plants of schools & marae
- Key to weedy daisies of the South Pacific
- Key to the weed species
- Key to willow species and hybrids
- Help using LUCID keys
- Stink bugs (Pentatomidae) of NZ
- Virtual mycota
- What is this bug?
Shaun Thompson, Julia Kasper, Thomas Rosenberg, Olivia Vergara
All 54 of New Zealand’s described endemic species of Mycetophila are included in this key and can be selected to view an image of the habitus and/or the wing. The key can be used for wet or dry specimens but diagnostic colour patterns may differ depending on the specimen’s age or their type of preservation.
The most useful character to identify Mycetophila is the wing markings, which can be divided into absent, a central spot, cloudy or very strong, and the number of hairs/bristles on the pteropleurite.
Another obvious feature is the knee spot at the hind femur.
But most important is the mid tibia spine formula. The formula describes the number of spines dorsally, externally, ventrally and internally on the mid tibia. Due to natural variation the mid tibia formula can be slightly different from the description.
More specific characters are the shape or colour of the antennae (especially for the most common species Mycetophila fagi with their stripy flagellum) or the tarsi (e.g. M. crassitarsis).
This key will run on most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge.
Although this key is not optimised for portable devices, it displays OK on tablets.
Thompson S, Kasper J, Rosenberg T, Vergara O. 2021. Key to Mycetophila species present in New Zealand.
Accessed at https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/tools-and-resources/identification/key-to-mycetophila
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