[Syrphidae] FW: Syrphidae : Pelecocera of France

Francis Gilbert Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Sun Oct 22 15:36:29 BST 2023

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From: Syrphidae <syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk> On Behalf Of Gabriel Neve
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Subject: [Syrphidae] Syrphidae : Pelecocera of France

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 insects.

The original paper in French and its translation in English may be downloaded from the WETRANSFER link on https://we.tl/t-QqAwCMAX5z (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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