Subject: Fly identification
Location: Grand Police, Mahe, Seychelles
December 3, 2015 12:23 am
Hello! We are currently trying to identify present species within the wetlands on Mahe (Seychelles) and we found these flies on a palm leaf in the forest. Any idea what it could be? Your help will be greatly appreciated
We are having a bit of a problem identifying your Fruit Flies beyond that we can state they are in the family Tephritidae. Islands often present identification challenges because there is the possibility of endemic species that are not well documented, and there is also the strong possibility of introducing non-native species from distant locations. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide insight into the actual species represented in your image.
thank you for your reply! Even having the family helps us a lot. i am aware that islands to pose certain difficulties identifying species and especially here on Mahe there are a lot of introduced species some of which are morpholocilally quite similar to endemic ones.
Correction: December 15, 2015
Thanks to a comment directing us to one of our own postings, we now agree that this is a Signal Fly in the family Platystomatidae, that is classified along with the Fruit Flies in the family Tephritidae in the superfamily Tephritoidea. We stand corrected.