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Spongiphoridae

Overview

This large, widespread family (= Labiidae auctt. ) is poorly represented in Australia. All known species are winged, glossy brown to black, and small (usually under 15 mm in length). They never seem to be common, but have been collected principally on the eastern tablelands and coast. The Labiinae are represented by Chaetospania , which is decidedly flattened and has the posterior margin of the head subsinuate, and Labia , which has the head truncate posteriorly. The Spongiphorinae have a broad head and very large eyes. Apovostox and Marava are very similar and separated reliably only by the male genitalia. Nesogaster is the only known representative genus of the Nesogastrinae .

Description

The Spongiphorinae have a broad head and very large eyes. Apovostox and Marava are very similar and separated reliably only by the male genitalia. Nesogaster is the only known representative genus of the Nesogastrinae .

  • Chaetospania brunneri, male

  • Spongovostox sp.

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