Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 11, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Many species of soldier flies (family Stratiomyidae) are beneficial to agriculture in that the larvae help to decompose plant material, although a few species are known to attack living plants, such as grass roots. The information contained in this publication helps to define and clarify a new species of African soldier fly. This information and the included key and illustrations will assist in the accurate identification of soldier flies from the African region and will be of use to regulatory personnel charged with keeping pest insects out of the U.S. and to scientists working on fly taxonomy.
Technical Abstract: Allognosta njombe, new species, is described from localities around the north end of Lake Nyassa in Tanzania (type locality) and Malawi. A key to the four known species of Afrotropical Allognosta is provided. Additional locality records are given for A. stuckenbergae Lindner and A. tessmanni Enderlein.