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Illustrated key to Pseudacteon decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) that attack Solenopsis saevissima complex fire ants in South America
- Porter, S.D., Pesquero, M.A.
- Florida entomologist 2001 v.84 no.4 pp. 691
- Phoridae, taxonomy, anatomy and morphology, female genitalia, parasitoids, Solenopsis saevissima, host-parasite relationships, decapitation, biological control agents, parasites, oviposition, South America
- This paper provides an illustrated key in English and Portuguese to 18 South American species of Pseudacteon decapitating flies that attack Solenopsis fire ants in the saevissima complex. The taxonomic history and current status of species in the genus Pseudacteon are discussed. Pseudacteon flies are of interest because of their unusual life history and potential value as classical fire ant biocontrol agents.