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Hymenoptera - Mutillidae - Dasylabris maura clausa
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Posted on 13-06-2007 20:03
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* locality - Silgueiros - Viseu - PORTUGAL
* date - 2007.06.02
* size - 5 mm (medium)
* habitat - open land
* substrate - sand among grass.

Mutilla sp.?? It is a female. The bite of this one is very painful.
jorgemotalmeida attached the following image:

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 16-09-2007 00:50
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Posted on 14-06-2007 09:02

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Maybe Dasylabris sp??
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Dasylabris is correct, D. maura may come into account, but there are also some similar species in Spain, and I am not an expert in mediterranean Mutillidae.

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thanks a lot Christian! Please tell me which are the characters define the genus Dasylabris and how can we have sure if this can be D. maura?
Thank you once again.
Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 15-06-2007 21:22
Christian Schmid-Egger
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Dasylabris is unique by a very small and narrow first gastral segment (= abdominal segment), in contrast to the large remaining gaster. D. maura was only an idea, because maura is the most common european Dasylabris, and I compared your photo with specimens in my collection. But there are some more species in Spain, and normally you need a full specimen and a good key for a true identification.
Mutillidae are difficult, and for the moment lack specialists. My specimens had been identified by the late Borge Petersen, and by Arkady Lelej in Vladivostok. I don't know specialists in Europe.

Regards, Christian,
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Posted on 16-06-2007 10:28
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A taxonomic specialist according to Fauna Europaea - Dr Aleksandar Cetkovic at the Belgrade Institute of Zoology in Yugoslavia.
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wow! Thanks! It would be nice to know all mutilids we have. Thanks Christian and crex (thxs for PM). Smile
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According to the Marcello, italian expert on mutillids, this is:
Dasylabris maura clausa

He put these features to split the species D. maura:

D. maura maura () - Females with a transverse band of white, dense pubescence between the upper part of the eyes: the band does usually touch the eyes.

D. maura clausa - Females with a subcircolar spot of white pubescence on the upper frons: the spot does not touch the eyes.
Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 16-09-2007 00:46
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