Zoological Studies

Vol. 53, 2014

Taxonomic review of the Sphecapatodes ornata group (Diptera: Sarcophagidae: Miltogramminae), with description of one new species

Ming Zhang1†, Wen-Wen Chu2†, Thomas Pape3 and Dong Zhang1*

1College of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
2College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
3Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen 2100, Denmark

Background: The genus Sphecapatodes Villeneuve is recorded from China for the first time.
The Sphecapatodes ornata group is defined and reviewed, with one new species, Sphecapatodes xuei sp. nov., described, photographed, and illustrated. The current concept of S. ornata Villeneuve, 1912 is shown to be based at least partly on a misidentification. A key to males of the S. ornata group is given. Wing interference patterns (WIPs) are presented for species-level discrimination of miltogrammine sarcophagids for the first time.
Conclusions: The genus Sphecapatodes Villeneuve, 1912 is represented in China by two species, S. kaszabi Rohdendorf and Verves, 1980 and S. xuei sp. nov. WIPs can be used for species-level discrimination of miltogrammine sarcophagids.

Key words: Miltogramminae; Sphecapatodes; New species; Wing interference patterns; Taxonomy; China.

*Correspondence: E-mail: ernest8445@163.com Equal contributors.