Crane Flies (Diptera: Tipulidae) in Trinidad Caves

Johanna P.E.C. Darlington, Jon K. Gelhaus


Seven species of crane flies were collected in three Trinidad caves (Oropouche, Aripo Main and Aripo Soho). Four of them represent new generic records for Trinidad (Cryptolabis, Gnophomyia, Helius, Teucholabis) , and one species, Erioptera (Mesocyphona) troglodyta Edwards, is recorded for he first time since its description in 1918. Species in the genera Cryptolabis and Helius appear to be true troglobites, with the remaining crane fly species probably troglophiles or trogloxenes.

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