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Diptera - Afrocamilla bispinosa

Diptera - Afrocamilla bispinosa
San Clemente Island, Los Angeles County, California, USA
March 1, 2019
Collected near Pyramid Ridge from maritime desert scrub via beat sheeting and time-constrained search of Encelia californica; 32.8252, -118.3593. Image by Jennifer Y. Burt.

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Guess I should start using a
Guess I should start using a beating sheet...

Habitat
Camiliidae are associated with mammal burrows where larvae probably feed on dung. The holotype of Afrocamilla bispinosa was possibly from a wood rat nest. As far as I know this is the second specimen to be collected; the first was in 1958.

 
Type Locality?
So cool!!! Where is the type locality? Africa?! It is possible the specimen was aspirated directly from the plant.

 
Native
The species is probably native to California. The type locality is San Dimas. When the genus was named no species were known outside of Africa.

The African species were poorly known until people started looking in the right places. In America the right place may be wood rat (Neotoma) nests.

 
Wood Rats, FYI
There are no wood rats known from San Clemente Islands. Two native terrestrial mammals, the island fox (Urocyon littoralis clementae) and the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus clementis) occur there. Both are endemic subspecies found only on San Clemente Island. Felis catus, Rattus rattus, and Mus musculus are introduced and present, a number of introduced grazers are now eradicated (goat, sheep, deer), and dogs have likely been around.

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Moved from Flies.

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