New species of Asphondylia (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae, Asphondyliini) from Brazil




Gall midges, Host plant, Morphology, Taxonomy


Three new species of Asphondylia are described from Minas Gerais (Brazil): Asphondylia ingaiensis, A. rufae and A. zeyheriae. They induce galls on Moquiniastrum barrosoae (Asteraceae), Bauhinia rufa (Fabaceae), and Zeyheria montana (Bignoniaceae), respectively, all native to Brazil, being the last endemic. Illustrations of relevant morphological characters are provided. The new species are compared with congeneric Neotropical species. Types are deposited in the Museu Nacional, Entomological Collection.


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Maia, V. C., & Oliveira, L. A. (2021). New species of Asphondylia (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae, Asphondyliini) from Brazil. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 61, e20216157.



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