Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.698.13411
Title: Hidden in the urban parks of New York City: Themira lohmanus, a new species of Sepsidae described based on morphology, DNA sequences, mating behavior, and reproductive isolation (Sepsidae, Diptera)
Authors: Ang, Yuchen 
Rajaratnam, Gowri 
Su, Kathy FY 
Meier, Rudolf 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Zoology
cryptic species
Sepsidae
species description
URBANIZATION GRADIENT
INTEGRATIVE TAXONOMY
BEETLE COLEOPTERA
ANALYSIS REVEALS
CYCLORRHAPHA
ASSEMBLAGES
EVOLUTION
SOFTWARE
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Publisher: PENSOFT PUBLISHERS
Citation: Ang, Yuchen, Rajaratnam, Gowri, Su, Kathy FY, Meier, Rudolf (2017-01-01). Hidden in the urban parks of New York City: Themira lohmanus, a new species of Sepsidae described based on morphology, DNA sequences, mating behavior, and reproductive isolation (Sepsidae, Diptera). ZOOKEYS 2017 (698) : 95-111. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.698.13411
Abstract: New species from well-studied taxa such as Sepsidae (Diptera) are rarely described from localities that have been extensively explored and one may think that New York City belongs to this category. Yet, a new species of Themira (Diptera: Sepsidae) was recently discovered which is currently only known to reside in two of New York City’s largest urban parks. Finding a new species of Themira in these parks was all the more surprising because the genus was revised in 1998 and is not particularly species-rich (13 species). Its status is confirmed as a new species based on morphology, DNA sequences, and reproductive isolation tests with a closely related species, and is described as Themira lohmanus Ang, sp. n. The species breeds on waterfowl dung and it is hypothesized that this makes the species rare in natural environments. However, it thrives in urban parks where the public feeds ducks and geese. The mating behavior of Themira lohmanus was recorded and is similar to the behavior of its closest relative T. biloba.
Source Title: ZOOKEYS
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/226518
ISSN: 13132989
13132970
DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.698.13411
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