Review of Otites Latreille (Diptera: Ulidiidae) from Israel with two new species and notes on biology and behavior

Zootaxa. 2013;3619:541-53. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3619.5.3.


The genus Otites Latreille was recorded for the first time from Israel during the study of Ulidiidae in the local fauna in 2009-2012, with three species occurring here: O. grata Loew, O. nox n. sp. and O. vitalyi n. sp. The three species are described and illustrated, and a key for their identification is provided. Laboratory behavioral observations on live O. grata individuals revealed a new mating trophallaxis behavior: a transfer of substance, during copulation, through the genital tracts of the male to the female, which the female expels and consumes after copulation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diptera / anatomy & histology
  • Diptera / classification*
  • Diptera / physiology*
  • Female
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal*
  • Species Specificity