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Hilarimorphidae  - Hilarimorpha - male

Hilarimorphidae - Hilarimorpha - Male
Donald, Bush Arm , British Columbia, Canada
June 13, 2013
Two specimens collected from a malaise placed along an alluvial floodplain and rivers edge.

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Hilarimorphidae  - Hilarimorpha - male Hilarimorphidae  - Hilarimorpha - male

Moved from ID Request.

Hilarimorpha cf. clavata
Hilarimorpha cf. clavata. The palps are apparently expanded at tip (vs. middle or not at all), a character only present in two species in the 1974 revision. I need to check another, later reference. The species was described from Wyoming. (Update: Two new species have been described from northern British Columbia and are distinguished only by details of male genitalia. This could easily be an undescribed species.)

The family is still valid, and new to the guide unless there is one hiding among the unsorted Bombyliidae.

Hi John - Thanks for your hel
Hi John - Thanks for your help. Who would be able to ID the specimen? I still have it and can easily get it to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria BC or send it in the mail to an expert. Thanks

Your request for an identifier and mine both ended up at CNC, so I guess you'll be sending it there. Let me know what the ID is.

Yes, - I think I will send it
Yes, - I think I will send it out to him. Thanks for your help.

I sent two specimens to Bradley Sinclair at the CNC and he sent me this reply:

"As far as I can determine these 2 specimens most probably represent a new species. The male genitalia are very unusual and strikingly different from what I have seen among Hilarimorpha. Although there are some 28 species in North America, the species concepts need to be re-evaluated and likely the number of species is much lower. That said, this remains a very interesting species."

Exciting news! Thanks again for your help John.

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