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Mesembrius sp.

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Mesembrius sp. Mesembrius

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

You are welcome, Sachin

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Well it's complicated! There are about 60 valid species of Mesembrius and they are never synonyms of Helophilus. However there are 100 records of Helophilus, many of which are synonyms, including of Mesembrius (and other genera), but there are also about 36 valid Helophilus species. So it looks like Helophilus is an older genus that has been cleaned up. And it would depend on the actual species (obviously) if this spotting were Mesembrius or Helophilus. (Source: Catalogue of Life: 18th April 2013 )

I think they are synonymous only on some species level. In my spotting, Mesembrius insignis = Helophilus insignis. But Sachin's spotting could possibly be a male Mesembrius bengalensis (syn: Eumerosyrphus indianus), with distribution in India to New Guinea (PNG), Australia (NT, Qld.).

Pls check also if this could be M. bengalensis:


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hi Agnes. I can see from your own spotting that Mesembrius and Helophilus are synonyms :-) Let's try and find out which one is preferred.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Thanks S Frazier for ID,,

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba,,

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

nice one, Sachin !

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Thank you for ID Satyen,

Sachin Zaveri
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Sachin Zaveri

Uttar Pradesh, India

Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 11, 2013

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