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Ablabesmyia sp.

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Ablabesmyia sp.
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Martin Harvey's picture

comparison

Here's a species of Ablabesmyia from the US, via Diptera.info:
http://www.diptera.info/photogallery.php?photo_id=7236

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Thanks Martin, The link, a

Thanks Martin,
The link, a match indeed, for genus, pity about the cf.

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Ablabesmyia

Re the Genus :

Fauna Europaea treats Karelia as a synonym of Ablabesmyia, rather than as a subgenus. It lists six species from Europe:
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) aspera (Roback 1959)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) dusoleili Goetghebuer 1935
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) longistyla Fittkau 1962
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) mallochi (Walley 1925)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) monilis (Linnaeus 1758)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) phatta (Egger 1864)

Could you name the 3 UK species, please.

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checklist

The Dipterists Forum checklist is the place to go for this. For Ablabesmyia see:
http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/sgb_check_browse.php?id=5160

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Thanks for the pointer.

All the three would appear to be scarce, or under recorded. Links to distribution of the 3 UK species follows:
Ablabesmyia longistyla

Ablabesmyia monilis

Ablabesmyia phatta

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under-recording

The NBN maps for Chironomidae will inevitably be misleading because there is no actual recording scheme for this family of flies, just a study group, and hence no-one is collating data and sending it to NBN.

I'm sure they are a hugely under-recorded group given the difficulty of ID, but without a recording scheme it's difficult to judge. Setting up a recording scheme would be a great challenge for someone to take on!

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A challenge..

I invite the Open University to add the challenge of a Diptera Recording List to their curiculum Would/could that be a possibility..?