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Empis s. str. (Diptera: Empididae) from Egypt, Israel and Syria: notes on some species described by J.E. Collin and a key to species

Laboratory of Insect Systematics, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia. All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection, St. Petersburg, 188620, Russia
Diptera Empididae Empis types Mediterranean Palaearctic


The type material of three Empis s. str. species described by J.E. Collin from Egypt and Syria are revised: E. demissa, E. insulata and E. nigropilosa. Lectotypes for Empis insulata Collin, 1937 (Syria) and E. demissa Collin, 1949 (Egypt) are designated. A key to species of Empis s. str. of Egypt, Israel and Syria is provided.



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