Sighting

John Eichler 17 Dec 2017

Beefly, Anthrax ?torulus

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Sighted 15 Dec 2017
112 Reserve Rd, Beaumaris VIC 3193, Australia

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  • Tony D. 18 December 2017
    Anthrax
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Bombyliidae: Anthrax
    Tony D. says

    I've had a look at the literature on these and I'm now doubting a lot of the A. torulus IDs. While wing markings here are very similar to that species, the abdomen dorsally is said to have no white hairs/scales beyond the first visible tergite.

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  • Christine Lambkin 5 December 2018
    Anthrax incomptus
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Bombyliidae: Anthrax: incomptus
    Common Names: Flies, Bombyliids, bee flies
    Christine Lambkin says

    I think you will find its Anthrax incomptus rather than torulus with this abdominal scale pattern. Very widespread species. Of course really need to examine the specimen to be absolutely sure....

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Notes

  • John Eichler 13 December 2018
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    John Eichler says

    Hi Christine, thank you for the suggested species name. Yes, I see A incomptus has a very wide Australian distribution, including one site in NW Victoria.

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  • Ellura Sanctuary 18 December 2017
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    Ellura Sanctuary says

    Thanks Tony & John; I've modified my id to suite. http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/100448 Cheers Brett

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  • John Eichler 17 December 2017
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    John Eichler says

    This appears to be the same species illustrated in Bowerbird Observations 100448 from Swan Reach SA and 50492 from Gardenvale Vic.

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  • John Eichler 19 December 2017
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    John Eichler says

    Many thanks Tony, good to know. I saw and photographed several individuals and the extent and position of the white hairs/scales did vary - the attached images show examples of this. Even so, they are still present on several abdominal segments rather than being confined to the last segment.

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  • John Eichler 13 December 2018
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    John Eichler says

    My comment should say thank you for the ID Christine (unable to edit once saved!)

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