Nemopoda nitidula
(Fallén 1820)
Specimen, Male
Label Info

Published Illustrations (click to enlarge):
Illustrations extracted from:
Pont, A. C. and R. Meier (2002). The Sepsidae (Diptera) of Europe. Brill: 188-188.
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Diagnosis (From Pont & Meier, 2002):

The adult is very similar to pectinulata, and is separated by the weaker setulae along fore-margin of katepisternum and, in the male, by the presence of 2 stout thorns on inner edge of hind trochanter. Shares with pectinulata a very distinctively modified 4th sternite brush system.



(From Ozerov, 2005)
cylindrica Fabricius, 1794: 336 (Musca). Junior primary homonym, preoccupied by Musca cylindrica De Geer, 1776. Type locality: "Germania " [GERMANY]; Holotype ♀, in ZMUC.

nitidula Fallén, 1820b: 21 (Musca). Type locality: not stated [from title: SWEDEN]; Lectotype ♂, by designation of Pont in Pont and Meier, 2002: 124, in NHRM.

putris Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 744 (Nemopoda). Type locality: not stated [probably FRANCE, Saint-Sauveur]; Syntypes ♂♂ and ♀ ♀, presumed destroyed.

viridis Macquart, 1835: 481 (Nemopoda). Type locality: Bordeaux (FRANCE); Holotype ♀, presumed destroyed.

ruwenzoriensis Vanschuytbroeck, 1963b: 96 (Nemopoda). Type locality: Virunga National Parc: "Kalonge, riv. Katauleko, affl. Butahu, 2060 m " (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO); Holotype ♂, in MRAC.

(From Pont & Meier, 2002)
Musca nitidula: Fallén gave no locality for this species, but described its habits as ‘in nuptiis observata, cum praecedente [putris] frequenter cohabitans’. In the Fallén collection in NRS (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden), drawer 22, Pont has studied one ♂ and 5 ♀ which are considered to be syntypes. The ♂, labelled by Fallén ‘S. nitidula male’, is in good condition; Pont has labelled it and herewith designates it as lectotype; it is nitidula as currently understood. The 5 ♀ have been labelled as paralectotypes, and appear to be conspecific with the lectotype.
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(From Ozerov, 2005) - World Distribution
Afrotropical. ― Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearctic. ― Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebeck), SA (Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin). Palaearctic. ― Asia: Japan (Hokkaido I.), Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Republic of Georgia, Russia (Altay, Amurskaya Oblast’, Chelyabinskaya Oblast’, Chitinskaya Oblast’, Irkutskaya Oblast’, Kamchatskaya Oblast’, Khabarovskiy Kray, Krasnoyarskiy Kray, Novosibirskaya Oblast’, Omskaya Oblast’, Primorskiy Kray, Sakha, Sakhalinskaya Oblast’, Sverdlovskaya Oblast’, Tomskaya Oblast’, Tyumenskaya Oblast’), Tadzhikistan; Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (incl. Corsica I.), Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (Alania, Arkhangel’skaya Oblast’, Astrachanskaya Oblast’, Bashkortostan, Belgorodskaya Oblast’, Ivanovskaya Oblast’, Kabardino Balkaria, Kaluzhskaya Oblast’, Karelia, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Leningradskaya Oblast’, Lipetskaya Oblast’, Moskovskaya Oblast’, Murmanskaya Oblast’, Penzenskaya Oblast’, Pskovskaya Oblast’, Ryazanskaya Oblast’, Smolenskaya Oblast’, Stavropol’skiy Kray, Tverskaya Oblast’, Tul’skaya Oblast’, Voronezhskaya Oblast’, Yaroslavskaya Oblast’), Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia.

(From Pont & Meier, 2002) - With focus on European Distribution
Common and widespread. Denmark: all provinces (Stæger, 1844: 33). Norway: most provinces (e.g. Siebke, 1877: 153). Sweden: most provinces (Zetterstedt, 1838: 748; 1847: 2301; Wahlgren, 1919: 281; Ringdahl, 1951: 142). Finland: almost all provinces (Frey, 1908: 585). Widely distributed throughout Europe, eastwards to Mongolia and the Far East province of Russia (Zuska and Pont, 1984: 156; Ozerov, 1989: 840; 1999: 566); Japan (Iwasa, 1984: 303; 1995: 792). Nearctic: Alberta to Quebec, south to Indiana, Ohio and Virginia (Steyskal, 1965: 682; Mangan, 1977: 338). Afrotropical: Zaire (Zuska, 1980: 592). Records are from May to early October in the south, mid May to August in the north.


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