Discovery and description of a new fly species for science from Vietnam
Species new to science were collected and described by scientists from the Vietnam Museum of Nature, the Museum of Natural History and the Bavarian National Specimen Collection, Federal Republic of. Germany, along with Swedish and Canadian entomologists.
The genus Cabamofa, originally introduced for C. mira from Costa Rica (Jaschhof 2005), was recently shown to have a second species, C. orientalis, in Thailand (Jaschhof & Ševčik 2019). In the present paper we describe C. vietnamensis Jaschhof, 2022 from Vietnam, based on a single male collected by the VIETBIO project. VIETBIO (“Innovative approaches to biodiversity discovery and characterization in Vietnam”) is a bilateral German-Vietnamese research and capacity building project focused on the development and transfer of new methods and technology towards an integrated biodiversity and monitoring system for Vietnam (Duwe et al. 2022).
Finds of Cabamofa are exceptional events; of the three species now placed in this genus only five specimens are known in collections (Jaschhof & Ševčik 2019). Since we anticipate further species of Cabamofa to be found in the Oriental region in the future.
Pictures of new species Cabamofa vietnamensis Jaschhof, 2022 (Figs 1–4)
Figures 1–4. Cabamofa vietnamensis, 2022, male holotype. 1: Habitus, lateral (specimen in ethanol after DNA extraction). 2: Wing, dorsal, setae omitted. 3: Base of wing, dorsal, setae omitted. 4: Genitalia, ventral. Scale for 1 and 2, 1.0 mm, for 3, 0.5 mm, and for 4, 0.1 mm. Abbreviations: cerc = cercus, hyp = hypoproct, tgm = tegmen, tg9 = ninth tergite.
Source: Mathias Jaschhof, Valerie Levesque-Beaudin, Adam Broadley, Kai Heller, Vu Van Lien, Christoph Häuser, Stefan Schmidt. 2022. Description of Cabamofa vietnamensis sp. nov., the second species of Cabamofa in mainland southeast Asia (Diptera: Bibionomorpha: Sciaroidea incertae sedis). Zootaxa 5182 (3): 297–300. Doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5182.3.7
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