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Eight New Stiletto Fly Species Discovered in Australia

An adult male Zelothrix yeatesi. Photo by Shaun L. Winterton.


Two new genera and eight new species of stiletto flies have been discovered in Australia, and are described in the journal ZooKeys.

The first new genus is called Sidarena, which “is derived from the Greek Sideros, meaning iron, referring to the broad metallic-grey stripe typically present on the thorax; and arena, referring to its habit of landing in sandy patches.:

The other genus is called Zelothrix, which is derived from the Greek word Zelos, which means emulation, and thrix, which means hair, for the setal pile on the female abdomen.

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New genera of Australian stiletto flies (Diptera, Therevidae)

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