Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 16, 2008
Publication Date: February 11, 2008
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2008. Two new Stratiomyinae, including Panamamyia gen. nov., from the Neotropical Region (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Zootaxa. 1701:29-39.
Interpretive Summary: Many species of soldier flies 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. This publication describes two new species found in Central America, providing information on how to identify these flies. These new taxa are being described so they can be included in a chapter in a comprehensive manual on the flies of Central America, a work that will enable scientists, quarantine workers (such as APHIS PPQ), and others concerned with flies to identify these insects.
A new species of Hoplitimyia James, H. inbioensis sp. nov., is described from Costa Rica. A new genus, Panamamyia gen. nov., with type species P. silbergliedi sp. nov., is described from Panama. Both taxa are very rare in collections, not having been taken during extensive Malaise trap surveys in Costa Rica.