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A review of the scarce and threatened flies of Great Britain. Part 6: Hoverflies family Syrphidae (Species Status No. 9) 2014


The first account of threatened British Diptera was included in the British Red Data Books: 2. Insects (Shirt, 1987), followed by the publication of 'A review of the scarce and threatened flies of Great Britain (Part 1) (Falk, 1991), which presented data sheets for all scarce and threatened species from the better-known families of British Diptera including the hoverflies.

This review deals with the hoverflies as defined by Stubbs & Falk (2002). The latest Diptera check list (Chandler, 2012) lists 280 British species in the family Syrphidae. Some uncertain taxa listed by Stubbs & Falk (2002) and the few subsequent changes are considered here increasing the total to 284 species although two of these (Paragus constrictus and Pipiza festiva) have only been found in Ireland and are not considered here. Recent literature and information submitted to the Hoverfly Recording Scheme and the Scottish Hoverfly Mapping Scheme up to January 2014 have been taken into account.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014··

Ball, S.G. & Morris, R.K.A. 2014. A review of the scarce and threatened flies of Great Britain. Part 6: Syrphidae. Species Status No. 9, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 1473-0154.

This publication is one of a series produced under the auspices of the Species Status Assessment project initiated by JNCC in 1999.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·02·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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