ISSN 2094-2818

Editors: Eduardo A. Padlan and
Gisela P. Padilla-Concepcion
VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1 (January to June 2014)
Phil. Sci. Lett. 2014 7 (1) 155-170
available online: May 10, 2014

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Received: March 31, 2013
Accepted: April 11, 2014
Published: May 10, 2014
Guest Editor: Victor P. Gapud

Keywords: Philippine Sepsidae, black scavenger flies, ant-mimicking flies, Dicranosepsis, Sepsis, Australosepsis, Meroplius

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Taxonomy of black scavenger flies (Diptera: Sepsidae) from Luzon, Philippines

by Socrates D. Letana*

Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman,
Quezon City 1101, Philippines

Fourteen species of black scavenger flies in four genera are treated taxonomically in this paper. Five species belonging to the subfamily Sepsinae are recorded for the first time in the Philippines, namely: Sepsis sepsi Ozerov, Dicranosepsis dudai Ozerov, Dicranosepsis transita Ozerov, Dicranosepsis sauteri Ozerov, and Dicranosepsis pseudotibialis Ozerov. A new Philippine island distribution record of Australosepsis niveipennis (Becker) is also noted. Taxonomic keys for the genera and species are presented.