Taxonomic status and additional description of White’s Stalked-eyed Fly Cyrtodiopsis whitei (Curran, 1936) (Diptera: Diopsidae) from India with a key to the allied species and note on its habitat

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Basant Kumar Agarwala


Systematics and ecology of Cyrtodiopsis whitei (Curran, 1936), initially described in brief from a tropical dry deciduous forest in eastern India as Diopsis whitei, remained obscure for want of the type specimens.  Recent collections of male and female specimens of this species from a new locality in the northeastern part of India, the country of the type locality, has allowed a fresh appraisal of its morphology, taxonomic position and habitat ecology in the background of several studies done on Diopsidae.  Herein are included some new characters, hitherto unknown in the species of Cyrtodiopsis, a taxonomic key to the separation of four species, considered monophyletic under the genus, and a note on the habitat of the species.

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Basant Kumar Agarwala, Tripura University Department of Zoology Suryamaninagar, Tripura 799 022, India

Biosystematics and Biodiversity Laboratories

Department of Zoology

Professor (HAG Scale)


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