Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/8/2009
Publication Date: 5/8/2009
Citation: Winterton, S.L. and Woodley, N.E. 2009. New species of Metatrichia Coquillett (Diptera: Scenopinidae) from Australia and Venezuela. Zootaxa. 2094:42-51. Interpretive Summary: Window flies are small, uncommon flies. They have larvae that are predatory on other insects so are important in controlling some insect pests such as carpet beetles in indoor habitats. This paper describes two new species of window flies from Australia and Venezuela. This information will help those persons charged with identifying flies, such as scientists and APHIS identifiers, make more accurate identifications of these insects.
Technical Abstract: Two new species of the cosmopolitan genus Metatrichia Coquillett are described. Metatrichia dhimurru sp. nov. is described from Arnhem Land (Northern Territory), Australia and represents the third species of the genus to be described from the Australian-Papuan region. Metatrichia venezuelensis sp. nov. from Venezuela is the third extant species of the genus to be described from the New World.