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Gerard Pennards
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Posted on 26-05-2005 21:30
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I know this little fly is in the family Dolichopodidae, but I am not very aware of the species in this particular family.
Can anybody tell me what species or genus I pictured here?
Photo was taken in the south west part of the Netherlands in the coastal dunes of Voorne.
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Gerard Pennards
Paul Beuk
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Posted on 26-05-2005 23:09
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I think Dolichopus urbanus but I will check tomorrow. Wink

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As far as I can tell from the pic, it's a male of Dolichopus ungulatus L.. The main characters of this species are: yellow femora, black postocular setae, two or more anterior preapical setae on hind femur. In the field ungulatus is more robust than other large Dolichopus-species without leg ornaments (D. brevipennis has similar habitus and conspicuously modified tarsal segments).
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BTW identifying genus Dolichopus in Europe is very easy; no other North/Central Europan genus has strong setae on the first segment of the hind tarsus. Most Dolichopus have at least two strong dorsal seta, a few only one. These setae are well visible in your picture.
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Kahis wrote:
As far as I can tell from the pic, it's a male of Dolichopus ungulatus L.

I realised I had typed in the wrong name after about ten minutes, but by that time the computer had been switched off and I was in bed. Grin

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Marc Pollet
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Posted on 13-09-2009 15:10

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Dear all,

I gladly confirm the identity of this specimen as D. ungulatus, possibly the second most common species in Western Europe.


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