IUCN threat status:

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Comprehensive Description

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Differential diagnosis

Melanostoma are medium-sized hoverflies, very similar to Platycheirus. They differ from Platycheirus by having metasternum reduced, with deep posterior incision on each side; facial pruinosity neitehr punctate nor rippled; protibia and protarsi slender; and femora or tibiae without bristles or modified pili.

Species with antennae yellowish ventrally; abdomen black with yellow maculae; face and frons shiny; arista almost bare.

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Source: Flower flies (Syrphidae)

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