Hesperinidae (Diptera: Bibionomorpha) a new family from the Korean Peninsula

  • Podenas, Sigitas (Nature Research Centre) ;
  • Park, Sun-Jae (Animal Resources Division, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Kim, A Young (Animal Resources Division, National Institute of Biological Resources)
  • Received : 2020.02.21
  • Accepted : 2020.03.09
  • Published : 2020.05.31


Research on Korean nematocerous flies (Diptera: Nematocera) was started by the National Institute of Biological Resources in 2012. This publication is a continuation of our previous work. During the season of 2019 insects were collected in Odaesan National Park by the researchers from Korea University. Among these samples, two specimens belonging to the family Hesperinidae, which was previously unrecorded from Korea, were noticed. This family is known from countries bordering Korea (East Siberia and Far East of Russia, Hokkaido Island of Japan), thus occurrence of hesperinid flies was expected on the Korean Peninsula. Only one genus Hesperinus Walker, 1848 with eight species belong to this family. They are developing in decaying wood of deciduous trees. Hesperinus rohdendorfi Krivosheina & Mamaev, 1967, which was known from East Siberia and Far East of Russia is recorded from South Korea. Redescription and photographs of the most important taxonomical details are presented.


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