Thread subject: :: Ulidiidae? - Tanzania -> Platystomatidae: Neoepidesma vs. Coelocephala arcuata?

Posted by Jeroen K on 25-05-2021 21:41

Can anyone identify this fly? I believe it belongs to Ulidiidae but I might be mistaken. Unfortunately, I managed to take only these two low-quality pictures before it flew away.

Location: Moshi (northeastern Tanzania)
Date: 24-05-2021

Thanks in advance.

Edited by Jeroen K on 07-06-2021 16:17

Posted by Jeroen K on 25-05-2021 21:42

Picture 2.

Posted by Jeroen K on 03-06-2021 10:06

Impossible? Or wrong family?

Posted by John Carr on 03-06-2021 12:27

Ulidiidae or Platystomatidae

Posted by Jeroen K on 03-06-2021 13:02

Thanks John, I hadn't considered Platystomatidae.

Posted by Nosferatumyia on 03-06-2021 14:33

Platystomatidae, no doubts.
I'll be back soon to this thread.

Posted by Nosferatumyia on 04-06-2021 10:52

Possibly, a Neoepidesmia sp.

Posted by Jeroen K on 04-06-2021 13:05

Thanks, Valery, I didn't expect any more than a genus from these photos. :)

Posted by Andrew Whittington on 07-06-2021 09:23

Based on wing pattern plus body morphology, I think more likely: Coelocephala arcuata Bezzi, 1914. Neoepidesma tends to be more ‘ant-like’ in general form. If Coelocephala arcuata, then the vertex should be sunken between the compound eyes in frontal view.

Posted by Jeroen K on 07-06-2021 16:16

Thanks a lot, Andrew. Unfortunately, I did not get a frontal view.