Observations on Camposella insignata (Diptera: Acroceridae) from the Tropical Andes of Ecuador

Akihito G. Tadashima-Rivera, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, Sebastián A. Ramos-Rojas, Giovanni M. Ramón-Cabrera*

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In the Neotropics, Panopinae spider flies are the most diverse within Acroceridae, specializing as endoparasites of mygalomorph spiders. Camposella insignata Cole, 1919 is one of the most enigmatic flies within this subfamily, given its conspicuously enlarged antennal flagella and apparent rarity, with only two specimens known to this day. This paper describes recently collected C. insignata specimens from the Ecuadorian Andes and provides pictures and measurements. We also discuss the possible function of the enlarged antennal flagella and give recommendations on future collection efforts to increase knowledge about this enigmatic genus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-529
Number of pages7
JournalNeotropical Biodiversity
Issue number1
Early online date7 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Antennae
  • Camposella
  • endoparasite
  • Mygalomorphae
  • Tropical Andes


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