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Species Account for Speccafrons halophila

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Speccafrons halophila  (Duda, 1933)
Diptera: other groups: Chloropidae

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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 3 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

Species text
Speccafrons halophila is highly localised in the south of Britain with ten known scattered post-1960 sites, but it is probably under-recorded due to the secretive habits of the adults and the low population levels of this species, which is never taken in numbers (ref: a forthcoming national status review). It has been recorded from a range of wetlands including fens and coastal marshes. The fly has been reared from a spider's egg cocoon and other species of the genus have the same ecology abroad. There is some evidence that spiders inhabiting reedbeds may be hosts. Reasonably high water levels should be retaining in reedbeds. A record from Howlands Marsh in 2004 appears to be new to Essex. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 3 records with habitat information)

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