Two new Species of Simulium (Simulium) (Diptera: Simuliidae) From Mount Murud, Sarawak, Malaysia

J Med Entomol. 2015 Jan;52(1):38-49. doi: 10.1093/jme/tju009.


Two new species of black flies, Simulium (Simulium) murudense and Simulium (Simulium) cheedhangi, are described on the basis of females, males, pupae, and larvae collected in Mount Murud, Sarawak, Malaysia. Both species belong to the Simulium melanopus Edwards species group. S. (S.) murudense sp. nov. is distinguished from most known species by a combination of the haired basal portion of the radial vein and the darkened fore coxae, and S. (S.) cheedhangi sp. nov. is characterized in the female by having a medium-sized claw tooth and in the pupa by six somewhat inflated gill filaments. Notes are given on the S. melanopus species-group in Sarawak and Sabah.

Keywords: Malaysia; Simulium; black fly; new species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Borneo
  • Female
  • Larva / anatomy & histology
  • Larva / classification
  • Larva / growth & development
  • Malaysia
  • Male
  • Pupa / anatomy & histology
  • Pupa / classification
  • Pupa / growth & development
  • Simuliidae / anatomy & histology
  • Simuliidae / classification*
  • Simuliidae / growth & development