[Syrphidae] CORRECTION !

Kumar Ghorpade blossomfly1973 at yahoo.co.in
Thu Jun 2 10:28:19 BST 2005

    My paper describing 2 new genera and 40 new species of Indian sub-continent Syrphini is dated 1994 not "1974" as wrongly keyed in (vide infra).  The following info on my publications and collections may interest some on this discussion group.


   1973b. ^ The hover-fly Allograpta javana (Wiedemann), predacious on the Jowar Shoot-bug Peregrinus maidis (Ashmead) together with its recorded hosts from India. Science &Culture, 39(9): 400-401.

   1974k. ^ A faunistic study of the hover-flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of Bangalore, southern India.ABSTRACT. Mysore Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 8(4): 636.

   1979g. ^ A Review of Oriental Syrphidae (Diptera). ABSTRACT. Souvenir, Workshop on Advances in Insect Taxonomy in India and the Orient. Manali, October 9-12, 1979. pp. 60-61. Association for the study of Oriental Insects, Delhi.  
   37. 1981a. ^ Insect prey of Syrphidae (Diptera) from India and neighbouring countries: A review and bibliography. Tropical Pest Management, 27 (1): 62-82.
   39.  1981c. ^ On a new species of Scenopinus (Diptera: Scenopinidae) from south India. Colemania, 1(1): 53-54, 3 figs.

   1981h. ^ An anomalous new Episyrphus (Diptera : Syrphidae) from Madagascar. Colemania, 1(2): 89-94, 5 figs.

   1982a. ^ A new Callicera (Diptera: Syrphidae) from the northwest Himalaya. Colemania, 1(3): 163-167, 2 figs.

   1982b. ^ BOOK REVIEW. "Fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) systematics of the Indian subcontinent" by V.C. Kapoor, D.E. Hardy, M.L. Agarwal & J. S. Grewal. vii+113 pp. 99 figs. Export India Publications, Jullundur (1980 ?). Colemania, 1 (3): 172-173.

53. 1984. ^ A Taxonomic Revision of Syrphini (Diptera: Syrphidae) from the Indian subcontinent. ABSTRACT. Mysore Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 16(3): 363.

   1985c. ^ Studies of Parydrinae (Diptera: Ephydridae), I: A Review of the genus BrachydeuteraLoew from the Oriental, Australian, and Oceanian regions. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 406, iii+25 pp. [ with W. N. Mathis ]

59. 1986c. ^ Identity of the Exorista (Diptera: Tachinidae) species parasitic on Mulberry Silkworm, Bombyx mori (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) in India. Colemania, 2: 55-56, fig.

73. 1992. ^ A new Coffee aphid predator, with notes on other Oriental species of Paragus (Diptera: Syrphidae). Colemania, 5: 1-24, 19 figs, 7 maps. [ with F. C. Thompson ]

77. 1994b. ^ Diagnostic keys to new and known genera and species of Indian subcontinent Syrphini (Diptera: Syrphidae). Colemania, Insect Biosystematics, No. 3, pp. 1-15.

127. 1998o. ^ A provisional, anecdotal appraisal of Diptera taxonomy in the Indian sub-continent. Colemania: Insect Biosystematics, No. 6, pp. 1-24.

148. 1999u. ^ Steyskalina picta, new genus and species of Tetanocerini (Diptera, Sciomyzidae) from the Oriental Region. Revista brasiliera de Zoologia, 16(3): 835-839. [ with L. Marinoni & L. Knutson ]

202. 2004c. ^ Insecta : Diptera, Sciomyzidae. pp. 832-845, 2 figs. In: C.M. Yule and Y.H. Sen [Eds] Freshwater Invertebrates of the Malaysian Region. 868 pp. Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. [ with L. Knutson ]

Select related publications :

32. 1979e. A Decade of Oriental Insects : Trends in Insect Systematics in the region. Souvenir,

Workshop on Advances in Insect Taxonomy in India and the Orient. Manali, October 

9-12, 1979. pp.7-19. Association for the study of Oriental Insects, Delhi.

34. 1979f. Taxonomic Entomology in Bangalore. Souvenir, Workshop on Advances in Insect Taxonomy in India and the Orient. Manali, October 9-12, 1979. pp. 31-33. Association for the study of Oriental Insects, Delhi. 

62. 1986f. Section on INSECTS. 109 pp., 125 figs, 83 photos (18 coloured). In: Encyclopedia of Indian Natural History. General Editor: R. E. Hawkins. xiv+620 pp., several figs & photos. Oxford University Press, Delhi, for Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay (Centenary Publication, 1883-1983).

74. 1993a. EDITORIAL. Insect Biosystematics: Classical, Omnispective and Modern Taxonomy. Colemania, Insect Biosystematics, No. 1, pp. 1-3.

102. 1997p. The status of Insect diversity in the Indian sub-continent. Introduction and Overview Part One. Indian Journal of Biodiversity, 1(1+2): 49-89, map.

105. 1997s. The literature on Oriental Biogeography – A preliminary list. Indian Journal of Biodiversity, 1(1+2): 141-169.

189. 2003b. ¶ Invertebrate biodiversity (Ants, Bees, and others) associated with stem domatia of the Indian myrmecophyte Humboldtia brunonis Wallich (Magnoliophyta: Fabaceae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 105(1): 73-79 [ with F.R. Rickson, M.M. Rickson, B.B. Norden & K.V. Krombein ]

[ DECEMBER 31, 2004 ] 

Publications on Diptera now in preparation :

The following projected papers are those on which research is being carried out presently based on collections made (and borrowed) of these taxa. The collaborating co-authors cited in boldface below are both those who are working with me or who will be requested to share work (indicated by a "?") on the appropriate individual papers in the near future. 

   Several papers on each genus of the Tribe Syrphini (Diptera : Syrphidae) from the Indian sub-continent (some 30+) and also from other parts of the Oriental Region. [ some with F.C. Thompson, J.R. Vockeroth, and others ] The first paper : "The genus Agnisyrphus Ghorpade (Diptera—Syrphidae), peculiar to the Oriental Region, with notes on its phylogeny, evohistory and panbiogeography" is now nearing completion. 
   Several papers (about 6+) on revisions of genera of Oriental and Oceanian Sciomyzidae (Diptera). [ with L. Knutson and others ] Two more (after my publ. # 148 and 202 listed above) now being completed are : "First Key to the Genera of Oriental Sciomyzidae (Diptera—Acalyptratae), with an Annotated Checklist of known and undescribed species" and "Two new species of Pelidnoptera Rondani (Diptera—Phaeomyiidae ?), with an analysis of its family status." 
   Some new Indian Dacus (Diptera : Tephritidae), with an Annotated List of the Dacini in the Indian sub-continent. [ with A. Freidberg or another ? ]
   Some observations on the biology and behaviour of species of Sepedon (Diptera : Sciomyzidae) in peninsular India. [ with L. Knutson and K. Durga Prasad ]
   Syrphidae from Ceylon. Results of the Lund University Expedition.
   A new species of Acemya (Diptera : Tachinidae) parasitic on Cyrtacanthacris ranacea (Orthoptera : Acridoidea) in southern India.
   A Review of Oriental Dichetophora (Diptera : Sciomyzidae). [ with L. Knutson and M. Sueyoshi ]
   A Review of Oriental Platycheirus (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson and T. Nielsen ]
   Species of Colobaea (Diptera : Sciomyzidae) from the Oriental Region. [ with L. Knutson ]
   A Review of Indian Exorista (Diptera : Tachinidae). [ with B.K. Cantrell ? ]
   A Review of Oriental Leucozona (Diptera : Syrphidae), with a key to World species. [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   Discovery of a second new Fergusonina (Diptera : Fergusoninidae) in southern India. 
   Three new species of Euthycera (Diptera : Sciomyzidae) from Asia. [ with R. Rozkošný & L. Knutson ]
   Two new species of Sphegina (Diptera : Syrphidae) from south India. [ with F.C. Thompson & I. Yarom ]
   On collections of Syrphidae (Diptera) from southern China. [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   A new Volucella (Diptera : Syrphidae) from the Western Ghats in peninsular India , with notes on other Indian sub-continent species. [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   A new species of Temnostoma (Diptera : Syrphidae) from the Western Himalaya. [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   On Himalayan Ferdinandea (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   A List of the Natural Enemies of Indian Syrphidae, with new records (Diptera). 
   Studies on the Immatures of Indian Syrphidae (Diptera).
   A Revision of Indian Bacchini (= Melanostomatini), excluding Baccha (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with J.R. Vockeroth ? ]
   A Revision of Asarkina (Diptera : Syrphidae) in the Oriental Region.
   A new Himalayan species of Azpeytia (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   A contribution to the Syrphidae (Diptera) of Thailand.
   On the Indian species of Lycastris (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ] 
   The genus Spheginobaccha (Diptera : Syrphidae) in the Indian sub-continent. [ with F.C. Thompson ] 
   Studies on Indian Pipizini (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   Notes on Psilota (Diptera : Syrphidae ) and related genera from the Oriental Region. [ with F.C. Thompson ] 
   Records and descriptions of Indian Xylotini (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with H. Hippa ] 
   A new Himalayan Takaomyia (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ]
   The Indian species of Rhingia (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with F.C. Thompson ] 
   A Review of the Oriental species of Baccha (Diptera : Syrphidae). [ with J.R. Vockeroth ? ] 
   Description of the female of Stylogaster orientalis (Diptera : Conopidae). 
   Taxonomic Notes on Indian Bee-flies (Diptera : Bombyliidae). [ partly with D.J. Greathead & N.L. Evenhuis ? ] 
   A Revision of Indian Petrorossia (Diptera : Bombyliidae). [ with N.L. Evenhuis ? ] 
   New and little-known Indian Cylindromyia (Diptera : Tachinidae ) [ with H. Shima ? ]
   A Review of the Leptogastrinae (Diptera : Asilidae) of the Indian sub-continent. [ with T. Dikow ]
   On some Indian Pipunculidae (Diptera), with a key to World genera. [ with F.C. Thompson ? ] 
   A Rivellia of economic importance, with a Review of the Indian species (Diptera : Platystomatidae). [with A. Whittington ]
   A new species of Empidideicus (Cyrtoides) from southern India (Diptera : Bombyliidae). [ with N.L. Evenhuis ] 
   On some Nemestrinidae (Diptera : Brachycera) from India. 
   Some new and known Indian Tachinidae (Diptera), reared from their Insect hosts. [ with H. Shima ? ] 
   Studies on Indian Sarcophagidae, including Miltogramminae (Diptera : Sarcophagidae). [ with T. Pape ] 
   On Chamaemyiidae (Diptera) from the Indian sub-continent, with prey records. [ with S. Gaimari ] 
   On a collection of Celyphidae (Diptera) from India. [ with S. Gaimari ] 
   Taxonomic notes on Indian Acroceridae (Diptera : Brachycera). [ with E.I. Schlinger ] 
   Records and descriptions of some Conopidae (Diptera) from India. [ with J.-H. Stuke ] 
   New and known Philoliche (Diptera : Tabanidae) from India. 
   Studies on Indian Haematopota (Diptera : Tabanidae). [ with J.F. Burger & F.C. Thompson ? ] 
   On a collection of Therevidae (Diptera) from India. [ with L. Lyneborg & M. Irwin ] 
   On the Oriental species of Toxophora (Diptera : Bombyliidae). [ with D.J. Greathead ? ]
   A new Odontomyia (Diptera : Stratiomyidae) from peninsular India. [ with R. Rozkošný ]
   Hover-flies (Diptera : Syrphidae) of the Mysore Plateau in Peninsular India.
   Two new species of Xiria (Diptera : Platystomatidae) with a review of Oriental species. [ with A. Whittington ]
   Studies on Oriental Ephydridae (Diptera : Acalyptratae). [ with W.N. Mathis ]
   The Hover-flies (Diptera : Syrphidae) of Nepal. [ with C. Claussen and M. Hauser ? ]
   The Indian species of Curtonotidae (Diptera : Acalyptratae). [ with W.N. Mathis ? ]
   Studies on Indian Diopsidae (Diptera). 
   More new species of Indian Scenopinidae (Diptera). 
   A List of workers, deceased or living, on the taxonomy and bio-ecology of Diptera of India and neighbouring countries. [ with N.L. Evenhuis ]
   Diptera of the Indian sub-continent: History, Catalogue, Bibliography and Index. [ with collaborating Dipterists ] 



Acroceridae 56

Anthomyiidae 23 

Asilidae 1709+

Bombyliidae 4589+ 

Celyphidae 108

Chamaemyiidae 191

Conopidae 64

Curtonotidae 17

Diopsidae 119

Dolichopodidae 826

Empididae 76

Ephydridae 448+

Nemestrinidae 19+

Neriidae 25

Phoridae 96

Pipunculidae 553

Platypezidae 98

Platystomatidae 34+

Pyrgotidae 16 

Rachiceridae 2

Rhagionidae 98

Sarcophagidae 748+

(Miltogramminae 129)

Scenopinidae 31+

Sciomyzidae 538+

Stratiomyidae 930

Syrphidae 15,629+

( Syrphinae 10,758 +

Eristalinae 4414 +]

Tabanidae 457+

Tachinidae 1425

Tephritidae 1692+

Therevidae 44+

Unsorted Collection :




DIPTERA (India) 2310

DIPTERA (U.S.A.) 144


TOTAL = 40,290

NOTE: These are numbers of fully processed (pinned, pointed, labelled, sorted) Diptera specimens, of selected target families, in my collection. Other collected/trapped specimens, still in papers or alcohol phials, are being processed and may number more than 60,000+ additional specimens, when added to the above processed material, and will be updated regularly, month by month, from now on. 

[ June 1, 2005 ]


Dr Kumar Ghorpade, B.Sc.(Agri.),M.Sc.,Ph.D (Entomol.)
Smithsonian Institution (U.S.A.) Postdoc Fellow (1982-1983)
Systematic Entomologist & P.-G. Teacher, Dept Entomology, Univ. Agril Sci., Dharwar, Karnataka (India)
Post to: C/o Azman Farm, Doddagubbi P.O., Bangalore 562 149, INDIA
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