The Afrotropical Syrphidae Fauna: an assessment

Whittington, Andrew E. (2004) The Afrotropical Syrphidae Fauna: an assessment. Studia Dipterologica, 10 (2). pp. 579-607. ISSN 0945-3954

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Afrotropical syrphid research has lagged behind that in Europe and North America. Research has largely been taxonomic in content, with few biogeographical, biological or ecological studies. Species identification is frequently uncertain and requires a good reference collection to achieve qualitative results. In addition, many generic keys are in need of revision. Progress in the non-taxonomic aspects of research is hampered by difficulties in identification. It is clear that a large portion of future effort needs to be directed toward improving the level of taxonomic access, although it is also true that there are projects where non-taxonomic progress can be made. This paper attempts to review the historical progress that has been made and analyses the future needs of the taxonomic sector, outlining which genera are most in need of revision.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Diptera, Platystomatidae, Neoardelio, Aspalathus, South Africa
Divisions: Business and Law
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 13:25
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 10:28

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