Ephydridae gen. & sp. ‘Rapa Nui’

Rapa Nui Shore Fly (Ephydridae gen. & sp.)

This species is known only from parts of larvae that were found abundantely in core samples that were recovered from the lake in the Rano Kau volcano on Rapa Nui above 11,5 m, only a single one was found in deeper samples. [1]

The species is known exclusively from these samples and is apparently extinct now.

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References:

[1] M. Horrocks; M. Marra; W. T. Baisden; J. Flenley; D. Feek; L. González Nualart; S. Haoa-Cardinali; T. Edmunds Gorman: Pollen, phytoliths, arthropods and high-resolution 14C sampling from Rano Kau, Easter Island: evidence for late Quaternary environments, ant (Formicidae) distributions and human activity. Journal of Paleolimnology 50(4): 417-432. 2013

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edited: 07.01.2019