[Syrphidae] Syrphidae : Pelecocera of France

Gabriel Neve gabriel.neve at imbe.fr
Sun Oct 22 13:57:07 BST 2023

Dear All,

Xavier Lair and I recently published our paper on the history  of our 
research on the
Taxonomy of the Pelecocera of the French fauna :

Nève, G. , Lair, X. , 2023. Recherches taxonomiques sur les Pelecocera 
de France,
avec discussion de leur répartition et écologie (Diptera, Syrphidae).
Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 128, 249–264.
https://doi. org/10. 32475/bsef_2260
Taxonomic researches on Pelecocera from France,
with a discussion of their distribution and ecology (Diptera, Syrphidae)
The discovery of a new species of the genus Pelecocera led us to revise 
all the French material of this genus. This revision has been the 
subject of many twists and turns. We detail them here chronologically, 
from the discovery of Pelecocera garrigae Lair & Nève, 2022, to the 
understanding of the application of the name P. lugubris Perris, 1839, 
to the French specimens previously identified as P. lusitanica Mik, 
1898, by several recent authors.
An illustrated identification key in French is provided for all the 
Pelecocera species occurring in France.
The distribution and ecology of the six species of Pelecocera of the 
French fauna are discussed. The regional phenology of several species 
depends strongly on the altitude, with the emergence of imagines in 
spring or autumn according to the species. The imagines occur during 
favourable conditions of temperature and relative humidity, ensuring 
them food and necessary conditions for the larvae. These adaptations, 
very interesting to observe for the understanding of each species, make 
Pelecocera species potential models to understand the phenology of other 

The original paper in French and its translation in English may be 
downloaded from the WETRANSFER link on
(Link valid one  week!)

The English translation is also available on my website :

Compared with the paper published last year 
(https://mapress.com/zt/article/view/zootaxa.5141.1.1), this one gives 
the history of our research, a point usually not detailed in the 
scientific literature.
The key is not different, but gives some new photographs, and the 
phenology of the 6 species are discussed and illustrated.

Best wishes to all,


Gabriel Neve
Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie (IMBE)
IMBE, Case 421
UMR AMU-CNRS-IRD-Avignon Université
Facultés St Jérôme
13397 Marseille cedex 20
gabriel.neve at imbe.fr

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