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#1 2017-10-24 20:32:36

Alan Outen
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A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

This species was in my MV moth trap in our garden in Clifton, Beds on 20 Oct 17. I think it is a fungus gnat though perhaps not a very distinctive one. If anyone is able to suggest an identification it would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise i do have the specimen.

Many thanks

Alan


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#2 2017-10-24 22:53:09

oxycera
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Re: A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

Mycetophila fungorum group

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#3 2017-10-25 10:06:58

Alan Outen
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Re: A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

Many thanks John. How many species are there in the 'fungorum group' and are they difficult to distinguish?

Alan

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#4 2017-10-25 11:07:47

oxycera
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Re: A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

I only found out that this is a species complex just before posting. I've no details so this is something I need to investigate.

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#5 2017-10-26 16:38:37

Alan Outen
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Re: A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

Thanks John. Hopefully someone can enlighten us both.

Best wishes

Alan

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#6 2017-10-27 11:13:19

Alan Outen
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Re: A Fungus Gnat from Clifton, Beds

Ivan Perry rang me yesterday about a different matter so I asked him about the Mycetophila fungorum group. =He says that there are just two and only males are separable by gentitalia.

Alan

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