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Meroplius minutus (Wiedemann, 1930)


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Meroplius minutus. Male alcohol-vouchered specimen.

Deposited at:  Evolutionary Biology Laboratory, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Yuchen Ang
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Diagnostic illustrations for adults

Adapted from:

Pont AC & Meier R (2002). The Sepsidae (Diptera) of Europe. Brill: 1-188.

Adult recognised by the presence of postocellar setae, and by the structure of the male fore legs. Anal division on dorsal side with three short double-rows of spines not reaching the level of the lateral tubercles; spines small, with distinct tips; anal division without warts but very hairy around the origin of the ventral tubercles.


Pont AC & Meier R (2002). The Sepsidae (Diptera) of Europe. Brill: 1-188.

Taxonomy Information


Sepsidae: Sepsinae: "Lower sepsids": Meroplius


MEROPLIUS MINUTUS Wiedemann ?. U.S.A.: (See minuta).

minuta Wiedemann 1930 (as Sepsis). Usa: New York. Holotype ♂, in Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

lutaria Fallen 1820 (as Sepsis). Unavailable name.

stercoraria Robineau-Desvoidy 1830 (as Nemopoda). France: [probably, Saint-Sauveur]. Syntypes ♂♂ and ♀♀, presumed destroyed.

nigrilatera Macquart 1835. France: Exact locality not stated. Holotype ♂ or Syntypes ♂♂, presumed destroyed.

rufipes Meigen 1838 (as Sepsis). Germany: Stolberg, "in hiesiger Gegent". Lectotype ♂, by designation of Pont in Pont & Meier, 2002: 136, in Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.

coeruleifrons Macquart 1847 (as Nemopoda). Usa: Philadelphia. Holotype ♀, in Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, UK.

varipes Walker 1871 (as Nemopoda). Egypt: Cairo. Holotype ♀, presumed destroyed. Junior homonym, preoccupied by Nemopoda varipes, Meigen, 1838.

polita Duda 1926 (as Nemopoda). Unavailable name, citation of a Meigen MS name, in synonymy with Meroplius stercorarius (Robineau-Desvoidy).

caeruleiformis. Incorrect subsequent spelling of coeruleifrons Macquart [Aldrich, 1905: 620].

coerulifrons. Incorrect subsequent spelling of coeruleifrons Macquart [Melander & Spuler, 1917: 84].


Ozerov 2005, World Catalogue of the Family Sepsidae (Insecta: Diptera), Zoologicheskie issledovania 8.


Oriental: Taiwan, Nepal.

Palaearctic (Asia): China, Japan (Hokkaido Is., Honshu Is., Kyushu Is., Shikoku Is.), Korea, Republic of Georgia, Russia (Amurskaya Oblast’, Khabarovskiy Kray, Primorskiy Kray, Sakhalinskaya Oblast’).

Palaearctic (Europe): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luthuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia (Alania, Arkhangel’skaya Oblast’, Ivanovskaya Oblast’, Leningradskaya Oblast’, Moskovskaya Oblast’, Rostovskaya Oblast’, Samarskaya Oblast’), Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia.

Palaearctic (North Africa): Egypt (excl. Sinai).

Nearctic: Canada (Ontario, Quebeck), USA (Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin).


Ozerov 2005, World Catalogue of the Family Sepsidae (Insecta: Diptera), Zoologicheskie issledovania 8.