Newell's Paddock, Footscray

Newell's Paddock, Footscray

by Thomas N. and Maribyrnong Park Ranger


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A swarm of these tiny flies on the stagnant water. The closest id is family Ephydridae (Atlas of Living Australia)

Date & Time

  2016-11-16 10:45 AM


  -37.796683 , 144.909879 : 2.739 m

Near Footscray VIC 3011, Australia


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  1. Mark Helle  Possible Brachydeutera sydneyensis a widespread Ephydridae species

    Reply • 17 Nov 2016

  2. David Francis  Thomas and Mark. Thanks. This is a new one for me. Yes, definitely Ephydridae - these flies have water-repelling hairs that allow them to suspend themselves on the water surface and draw in algae etc. from the water surface. Often occur on newly flooded sites. I'll add this group to the NS database as it hasn't been recorded before. Fantastic observation!

    Reply • 17 Nov 2016

  3. David Francis  see

    Reply • 17 Nov 2016

  4. David Francis  Need detailed close-ups to identify the genus and species

    Reply • 17 Nov 2016

  5. David Francis  Ephydridae spp. species id suggested

    Reply • 20 Nov 2016

NS Observation No. 582D00C1ED2A897480004123
Created 2016-11-17 12:09 PM (almost 2 years ago)
Created By Thomas N.
Updated 2016-11-28 12:03 AM (almost 2 years ago)
Updated By David Francis
Edits 2
Photo Quality good-for-id
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