With the combination of bare eyes, the partially multiple row of subvibrissal bristles, the multiple stigmatical bristles and the well haired scutellar disc with hairs anterior to the lateral bristles this species has close affinities with the L.patens Collin,1953 group within the genus Lonchaea. The presence of hairs on the orbital plate and multiple stigmaticals are characters shared by both L.vagans Kovalev,1978 and L.patens Collin. In L.germanica however the number of stigmaticals is much greater than in L.vagans (usually about 4) and in L.patens (usually about 7). The male genitalia are also distinct from these other species, In L.patens and L.vagans the cerci are large, being almost the same size as the epandrium whereas in L.germanica the cerci are relatively small. The aedeagus in L.patens and L.vagans is two segmented the apical section being at least as long as the basal section but rather slender and only slightly sinuous. In L.germanica the apical section of the aedeagus is broad based and distinctly sinuous.