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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.14 no.2 Curitiba  1997 

Revision of Polietina Schnabl & Dziedzicki (Diptera, Muscidae) and considerations on its new systematic position1



Márcia Souto CouriI; Claudio José Barros de CarvalhoII

IMuseu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Quinta da Boa Vista, São Cristóvão, 20940-040 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Fellow of the CNPq. E-mail:
IIDepartamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná. Caixa Postal 19020, 81531-990 Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil. Fellow of the CNPq. E-mail:




Polietina Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911 has been placed in different subfamilies mainly based on chaetotaxy and general morphology of adults. This genus has most recently been placed in Reinwardtiinae on the basis of larval characters. The male terminalia, however, indicates that Polietina is phylogenetically close to the basal group of Muscinae. By the analysis of all available type material, the genus and nine species are redescribed: P. bicolor Albuquerque; P. distincta Couri & Lopes; P. flavithorax (Stein); P. major Albuquerque; P. minor Albuquerque; P. orbitalis (Stein); P. rubella (Wulp); P. steini (Enderlein) and P. concinna (Wulp) which is revalided and lectotype designated. Neotypes are proposed to Polietina flavithorax and to Polietina orbitalis. Polietina wulpi is proposed as a new species. A key is also presented.

Key Words: Diptera, Muscidae, Polietina, systematic position, taxonomy



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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. We are grateful to the curators of the Institutions by the loan of the material and to Dr. AdriAn c. Pont [UMO] for the valuable comments and suggestions during the stay of CJBC in The Natural History Museum, London, during a one year period, thanks the "Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq" (Proc. 200.003-92.5) and "The British Council" financial support. MSC counted with the support of the "FundaÇão Universitária José Bonifácio, FUJB" Proc. 5295-7).



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Recebido em 07.VI.1996; aceito em 22.V.1997.



1 Contribuition number 985 of the Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná

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