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Muscidae: Neomyia cf. albigena - (Tanzania)
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Posted on 28-08-2023 18:28

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I photographed this fly in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, 1700m a.s.l. on February 19th 2023. I think it's a Muscidae, but is it possible to identify its genus or species from these photos?

Thank you in advance,
ESant attached the following image:

Edited by ESant on 30-08-2023 23:52
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Photo 2:
ESant attached the following image:

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Posted on 29-08-2023 09:23

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Hello Emanuele, my first thought was Pyrellia - but the mouth of your fly is distinctly protruding. I've found a resembling Neomyia albigena from La Reunion here: https://galerie-i...?ref=78649 where many characters are resembling your fly (wing venation, sparsely but noticeable dusting base of thorax and tip of abdomen, arista...)
Greetings, Eric Kloeckner
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Thank you Eric! The genus Neomyia seems to be the a very good match. As for the species, I'm not totally convinced by N. albigena, I think it may be something else.
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I agree with N. albigena
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
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Thank you! My main doubts regarded the height of the face and the protrusion of the mouth, which seem different to the individual shown here: https://www.insec...hp?t=86992. Also the overall length and thickness of the thorax and abdomen seem slightly different. Are those features variable in N. albigena?
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