Novakia Strobl 1893

Introduction: The Holarctic genus Novakia Strobl is a small but distinctive group of mycetophilid flies that are placed in the subfamily Sciophilinae (Vockeroth 1981, Vockeroth in press) or Leiinae (Chandler 1994, Chandler and Blasco-Zumeta 2001, Chandler et al., 2006). Recent work on Novakia (Chandler and Blasco-Zumeta 2001, Chandler et al. 2006) has clarified the identification of the type species, N. scatopsiformis Strobl, and the only other Palaearctic member of the genus, N. simillima Strobl. It has been known for some time that Novakia also occurs in North America (Vockeroth 1981) and in fact, Novakia miloi is commonly recovered in Malaise trap samples from the montane regions of California. However only recently has Novakia species been described from North America.

Biology: Not yet known.

Diagnosis: Three ocelli, arranged in lateral line. Frons setose or bare on upper half. Antennae separated or touching at their base; length of antennae considerably shorter in female than in male. Mesopleuron, laterotergite and mediotergite all bare. Wing membrane with small, irregularly arranged trichia only, all wing veins with setae or wing veins mostly bare on the dorsal surface. Costa produced beyond tip of R5. Subcosta bare, ending free. Wing veins sc-r, Rs, and R4 absent; r-m longer than R1; R1 and R5 touch or fuse for short distance at their base. Point of furcation of cubital fork before level of point of furcation of media; both cubital branches straight or nearly so. Female tergites 9 and 10 bearing distinctive fringe of setae on posterior margin, setae of tergite 10 light-colored.

Distribution: Holarctic

Novakia scatopsiformis Strobl 1893 (male).

Novakia simillima Strobl 1910 (male).

Novakia miloi Kerr 2007 (male).

Novakia miloi Kerr 2007 (female).

Novakia lisae Kerr 2007 (male).


Novakia lisae Kerr 2007 (female).