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New Record of the Giant Timber Flies (Diptera: Pantophathalmidae) from Sartenejas Valley, Miranda, Venezuela



Humberto Carvajal-Chitty1, *, Aivlé C. Cabrera G.2
1 Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Valle de Sartenejas, Baruta, Edo. Miranda, Apartado 89000. Caracas, Venezuela
2 Departamento de Química, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Valle de Sartenejas, Baruta, Edo. Miranda, Apartado 89000. Caracas, Venezuela


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© 2019 Carvajal-Chitty and Cabrera G.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Valle de Sartenejas, Baruta, Edo. Miranda, Apartado 89000. Caracas, Venezuela; Tel: +58-424-1731315;
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Abstract

Giant timber fly Pantophthalmus bellardii (Austen 1923) have been collected at 1200 meters above sea level, at Sartenejas Valley, a campus of the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Miranda State, Venezuela. Giant timber flies are very difficult to find in nature and rarer yet in the urban environments. Their biology and interactions with environmental variables are virtually unknown. In Venezuela, these flies have been observed from 100 to 1100 meters above sea level. This record extends the geographical distribution of this rare timber fly within Venezuelan territory. An updated distribution map for P. bellardii in Venezuela is provided.

Keywords: Pantophathalmidae, Diptera, Giant, Flies, Venezuela, Pantophthalmus, Neotropical.