Bracanastrepha Brethès, 1924

Bracanastrepha is treated under Utetes. Neotropical species of the genus Utetes that lack an occipital carina were placed by Fischer (Fischer 1972, Fischer 1977) in the genus Bracanastrepha. Wharton (1988) initially treated Bracanastrepha as a subgenus of Utetes and later (Wharton 1997) discussed this group of neotropical species in more detail, referring to it as the Utetes anastrephae species group.

See also the Utetes page.

Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Bracanastrepha Brethès, 1924: 8. Type species: Bracanastrepha argentina Brethès, 1924 (monobasic). The type species is a junior, subjective synonym of Opius anastrephae Viereck, 1913 (Wharton and Marsh 1978).

Type locality of type species: Argentina, Corrientes; type in Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires (Wharton and Marsh 1978).

Treated as a valid genus by Fischer (1972), with three subgenera included by Fischer (1977). Included as a subgenus of Utetes by Wharton 1988, with restricted definition excluding many of the species formerly included by Fischer.

Diagnosis and Relationships
The species of Bracanastrepha, in the strict sense, are defined by the complete absence of an occipital carina (Fig. 2), the presence of a basal, longitudinal carina on the posterior side of the hind tibia (Fig. 3), the short clypeus with exposed labrum (Fig. 4), and fore wing m-cu postfurcal (Fig. 5). Additionally, the hind wing radial sector and m-cu are absent (Fig. 5) and the mesoscutal midpit is present (Fig. 6).
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No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.