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Drosophila alsophila Hardy & Kaneshiro

Banded Picturewing Fly (Drosophila alsophila)

The Banded Picturewing Fly is believed to be extinct, it is known from two localities at the Hualalai volcano on the island of Hawai’i and was always rare.

The flies placed their eggs on the woody stems of plants of the genera Charpentiera and Urera, on whose decaying bark their larvae fed.

An exact extinction date cannot be given.

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edited: 05.10.2016

Drosophila molokaiensis Grimshaw

Molokai Picturewing (Drosophila molokaiensis)

This species from the island of Moloka’i (?) is known only on the basis of the type specimen, which lacks the head, and which cannot be assigned to any of the species groups within the genus.

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References:

[1] Karl N. Magnacca; Patrick M. O’Grady: New combinations in Hawaiian Drosophila and Scaptomyza (Diptera: Drosophilidae): zootaxa 1926: 53-60. 2008