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Small Size No Protection for Acrobat Ants: World's Smallest Fly Is a Parasitic Phorid (Diptera: Phoridae)

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Brian V. Brown
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/AN12011 550-554 First published online: 1 July 2012

Abstract

A new species of phorid fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali (Diptera: Phoridae), is described from Thailand. This is the first Oriental Region record for this genus; it is otherwise known only from the type species from Africa, where it parasitizes ants of the genus Crematogaster Lund. The new species is probably capable of parasitizing the smallest host Crematogaster (Formicidae) ants in its range. At 0.40 mm in body length, it is the smallest known fly in the world.

  • Diptera
  • Phoridae
  • parasitoid
  • Thailand
  • smallest fly

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