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Species Account for Pherbellia nana

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Pherbellia nana  (Fallén, 1820)
Diptera: other groups: Sciomyzidae

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National status: Scarce

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 1 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

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This snail killing fly is recorded widely in England as far north as Yorkshire. It is widespread but very local with about 20 known post 1960 sites. A wide range of wetlands are used including open marshes and deeply shaded forest pools, margins of lakes and dune slacks. Permanent or temporary water bodies both appear to be used; there are indications that pools and ditches which dry out in summer and have sparse emergent Phragmites may be preferred. The larvae develop as parasitoids in a range of aquatic snails and terrestrial species. Management should ensure a range of vegetation types including temporary ponds, ditches and their marginal vegetation using rotational management where necessary. Seasonally fluctuating water levels may be of importance (Falk, 1991). References

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