Cerdistus-Neoitamus complex

The Cerdistus-Neoitamus complex includes many similar looking species in which the females have laterally compressed ovipositors. Bodylengths of Tasmanian species range from around 9 to 23mm.

Cerdistus luctificus

Pending ID – Cerdistus-Neoitamus complex

Female
Mid December 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
Laying eggs into a sandy path.

Female
Mid January 2012
Mount Wellington
Bodylength ~14mm
Asilidae Cerdistus

Female
Late December 2012
Mount Wellington
Appearing to be ovipositing in galled wood.
Asilidae ovipositing gall robber fly Australia Asilidae ovipositing gall robber fly Australia

Mid December 2016
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay

cf. Neoitamus hyalipennis (female)
Late December & Mid November
The largest female in the Cerdistus-Neoitamus complex with bodylength up to 23mm.
Neoitamus hyalipennis body dorsal Neoitamus hyalipennis body Neoitamus hyalipennis head

Female
Early January 2015
Sisters Beach

Female
Mid January 2015
Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach

Males
Early January 2013
Sisters Beach
Two individuals.

Male
Mid January 2015
Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach

Male
Late December 2015
Buckland
Resting on a sandy track.

Male
Mid December 2016
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
With scarab beetle prey.

Female
Mid February 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart.

Male
Late February 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
With Ant

Male
Mid January 2019
Sisters Beach

Female
Early January 2020
Styx Valley

Female
Early January 2020
Styx Valley

Cerdistus sp.
Female
Early January 2020
Arthur River
Identification thanks to asiola.

Cerdistus
Male
early January 2022
Tarraleah
Identification thanks to Chris Cohen
IMG 2361  IMG 2362

Late January 2022
Dial Ranges, Penguin
IMG 2779  IMG 2780