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Saltmarsh flies of the genus Scorpiurus Parent from New Zealand (Insecta: Diptera: Dolichopodidae)



The saltmarsh-inhabiting fly genus Scorpiurus Parent, 1933 is revised. Contrary to the consensus of previous literature, it seems to be endemic to New Zealand. Two species are recognized: Scorpiurus thorpei sp. nov. described herein, and its previously known congener, S. aenescens Parent, 1933, which is redescribed.



Diptera, Dolichopodidae, Scorpiurus, new species, key, New Zealand, endemism, salt marsh

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