Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Correspondence
Published: 2016-03-29
Page range: 139–142
Abstract views: 59
PDF downloaded: 37

Pseudolycoriella skusei sp. nov. (Diptera: Sciaridae), a new dark-winged fungus gnat from Norfolk Island and Australia

Puddemin 6, 18754 Poseritz/Rügen, Germany.
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Institute of Zoology, Stephanstrasse 24, 35390 Gießen, Germany.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, PO Box 1006, Tullamarine, VIC 3043, Australia.
Diptera Sciaridae


The genus Pseudolycoriella Menzel & Mohrig, 1998 is distributed worldwide and especially species rich within the southern hemisphere. Within the Australasian region it is known from New Zealand (Mohrig & Jaschhof 1999; 5 species), New Caledonia (Köhler & Menzel 2013; 14 species) and Papua-New Guinea (Mohrig 2013; 22 species). Here we report the first records of the genus from Norfolk Island and Australia.



  1. Anderson, A. & White, P. (2001) Prehistoric settlement on Norfolk Island and its Oceanic context. Records of the Australian Museum, 27 (Supplement), 135141.

    Bickel, D. (2009) Biogeography of Diptera in the Southwest Pacific. In: Pape, T., Bickel, D. & Meier, R. (Eds.), Diptera diversity: status, challenges, and tools. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, pp. 257275.

    Holloway, J.D. (1977) The Lepidoptera of Norfolk Island – their biogeography and ecology. Dr. W. Junk B.V., The Hague, 291 pp.

    Jones, J.G. & McDougall, I. (1973) Geological history of Norfolk and Phillip Islands, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia, 20, 239254.

    Köhler, A. & Menzel, F. (2013) New records of Black Fungus Gnats (Diptera: Sciaridae) from New Caledonia, with the descriptions of two new Bradysia species and an updated checklist. Zootaxa, 3718 (1), 6372.

    Menzel, F. & Mohrig, W. (1998) Beiträge zur Taxonomie und Faunistik der paläarktischen Trauermücken. Teil VI. Studia dipterologica, 5, 351378.

    Mohrig, W. (2013) Die Trauermücken (Diptera: Sciaridae) von Papua-Neuguinea. Teil III – Gattungen Ctenosciara und Pseudolycoriella. Studia dipterologica, 20, 123168.

    Mohrig, W. & Jaschhof, M. (1999) Sciarid flies (Diptera, Sciaridae) of New Zealand. Studia dipterologica Supplement, 7, 1101.

    Mound, L.A. & Wells, A. (2015) Endemics and adventives: Thysanoptera (Insecta) biodiversity of Norfolk, a tiny Pacific Island. Zootaxa, 3964 (2), 183210.