A Contribution to the agromyzid leaf miners (Diptera: Agromyzidae) of Iran

Zahra Shahreki, Ehsan Rakhshani, Mitsohiru Sasakawa


Shahreki, Z., Rakshani, E., Sasakawa, M.: A Contribution to the agromyzid leaf miners (Diptera: Agromyzidae) of Iran, Biologica Nyssana, 3 (1), September 2012: 31-36.

A study was carried out during 2009 and 2010 in Sistan region located in the eastern part of Iran, for elucidating the agromyzid fauna. The specimens were collected by rearing of the mine-infested leaves of different cultivated and non-cultivated host plants. The leafminers of two subfamilies, Agromyzinae and Phytomyzinae, were studied in this paper. Eight species belonging to five genera of the Agromyzidae were collected. Among them, three species, including Chromatomyia nigra (Hardy, 1849), Melangromyza cunctans (Meigen, 1830) and Phytoliriomyza dorsata (Siebke, 1863), are recorded for the first time for the territory of Iran. The last species is also representative of the new genus record for Iran. Comments on general distribution of each species are presented here.

Key words: Agromyzinae, eastern Iran, host association, new record, Phytomyzinae

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