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Across the Baltic: a new record for an enigmatic black scavenger fly, Zuskamira inexpectata (Pont, 1987) (Sepsidae) in Finland.

Ang Y, Rohner PT, Meier R - Biodivers Data J (2015)

Bottom Line: However, the same species was subsequently found much more south in Lower-Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein although Germany is overall well sampled for sepsid flies.Here we report a further (longitudinal) range expansion based on new localities in Southern Finland.New localities for Finland and Sweden are here added and we discuss briefly the habitat requirements of the species.

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Affiliation: National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.

ABSTRACT
Specimens of the enigmatic, monotypic European genus Zuskamira Pont, 1987 (Sepsidae) were initially collected only from the lower central Swedish provinces of Darlana, Uppland and Västmanland. However, the same species was subsequently found much more south in Lower-Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein although Germany is overall well sampled for sepsid flies. Here we report a further (longitudinal) range expansion based on new localities in Southern Finland. New localities for Finland and Sweden are here added and we discuss briefly the habitat requirements of the species.

No MeSH data available.


Photo showing habitat of collection locality in Southern Finland. Red inset shows the particular dungpile where numerous Zuskamirainexpectata were collected; note that it is at the edge of the pasture and close-by to shrubbery.
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Figure 880570: Photo showing habitat of collection locality in Southern Finland. Red inset shows the particular dungpile where numerous Zuskamirainexpectata were collected; note that it is at the edge of the pasture and close-by to shrubbery.

Mentions: Specimens were collected during two field collection trips in 2011 and 2014. Zuskamirainexpectata is very closely associated with horse dung, so horse farms and riding centers were targeted. Specimens were caught via sweep-netting; by slowly approaching a pile of dung and quickly placing the net over the dung pat, inducing the flies to walk upwards towards the end of the net (Fig. 2​). Sweeping surrounding vegetation yielded very few specimens; it is likely that the species tend to hide very low in the vegetation.


Across the Baltic: a new record for an enigmatic black scavenger fly, Zuskamira inexpectata (Pont, 1987) (Sepsidae) in Finland.

Ang Y, Rohner PT, Meier R - Biodivers Data J (2015)

Photo showing habitat of collection locality in Southern Finland. Red inset shows the particular dungpile where numerous Zuskamirainexpectata were collected; note that it is at the edge of the pasture and close-by to shrubbery.
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Figure 880570: Photo showing habitat of collection locality in Southern Finland. Red inset shows the particular dungpile where numerous Zuskamirainexpectata were collected; note that it is at the edge of the pasture and close-by to shrubbery.
Mentions: Specimens were collected during two field collection trips in 2011 and 2014. Zuskamirainexpectata is very closely associated with horse dung, so horse farms and riding centers were targeted. Specimens were caught via sweep-netting; by slowly approaching a pile of dung and quickly placing the net over the dung pat, inducing the flies to walk upwards towards the end of the net (Fig. 2​). Sweeping surrounding vegetation yielded very few specimens; it is likely that the species tend to hide very low in the vegetation.

Bottom Line: However, the same species was subsequently found much more south in Lower-Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein although Germany is overall well sampled for sepsid flies.Here we report a further (longitudinal) range expansion based on new localities in Southern Finland.New localities for Finland and Sweden are here added and we discuss briefly the habitat requirements of the species.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.

ABSTRACT
Specimens of the enigmatic, monotypic European genus Zuskamira Pont, 1987 (Sepsidae) were initially collected only from the lower central Swedish provinces of Darlana, Uppland and Västmanland. However, the same species was subsequently found much more south in Lower-Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein although Germany is overall well sampled for sepsid flies. Here we report a further (longitudinal) range expansion based on new localities in Southern Finland. New localities for Finland and Sweden are here added and we discuss briefly the habitat requirements of the species.

No MeSH data available.