The Info List - Anthomyiidae

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The Anthomyiidae are a large and diverse family of Muscoidea flies. Most look rather like small houseflies, but are commonly drab grey. The genus Anthomyia, in contrast, is generally conspicuously patterned in black-and-white or black-and-silvery-grey. Most are difficult to identify, apart from a few groups such as the kelp flies that are conspicuous on beaches. The name Anthomyiidae was derived from Greek anthos (flower) plus myia (a fly). Some species are commonly called "root-maggots", as the larvae are found in the stems and roots of various plants. As larvae, some also feed on decaying plant material. The well-known grey "seaweed flies" or "kelp flies" (Fucellia) are examples.[1] Others are scavengers in such places as birds' nests; yet other species are leaf miners; the family also includes inquilines, commensals, and parasitic larvae. Some species in the family are significant agricultural pests, particularly some from the genus Delia, which includes the onion fly (D. antiqua), the wheat bulb fly (D. coarctata), the turnip root fly (D. floralis), the bean seed fly (D. platura), and the cabbage root fly (D. radicum).


1 Description 2 Classification 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading

5.1 Identification 5.2 Species lists

6 External links

Description[edit] For terms see Morphology of Diptera These flies are small or moderate in size. Hypopleural bristles found on the sides of the thorax are apical. The anal vein of the wing reaches the margin of the wings (except in Chelisia). The median vein is straight, not curved towards the anterior alar margin. Three pairs of postsutural dorsocentral bristles almost always are present. The first segment of the posterior tarsi are on the lower side near the base with minute bristes. The sternopleuron lower side often has short, soft hairs. Eyes in the male in most cases are close-set or contiguous. Females of many species are not known as of yet. Classification[edit]

Family Anthomyiidae -- anthomyiid flies

Genus Amygdalops Lamb, 1914 Subfamily Anthomyiinae

Tribe Anthomyiini

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Hylemya nigrimana

Genus Anthomyia Meigen, 1803 Genus Botanophila Lioy, 1864 Genus Chiastocheta Pokorny, 1889 Genus Fucellia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1842 Genus Hylemya Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Hylemyza Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911

Tribe Chirosiini

Genus Chirosia Róndani, 1856 Genus Egle Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Lasiomma Stein, 1916 Genus Strobilomyia Michelsen, 1988

Tribe Hydrophoriini

Genus Acridomyia Stackelberg, 1929 Genus Adia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Boreophorbia Michelsen, 1987 Genus Coenosopsia Malloch, 1924 Genus Delia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Eustalomyia Kowarz, 1873 Genus Heterostylodes Hennig, 1967 Genus Hydrophoria Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Leucophora Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Paregle Schnabl, 1911 Genus Phorbia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 Genus Subhylemyia Ringdahl, 1933 Genus Zaphne Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

Subfamily Pegomyinae

Tribe Pegomyini

Genus Alliopsis Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911 Genus Emmesomyia Malloch, 1917 Genus Eutrichota Kowarz, 1893 Genus Mycophaga Rondani, 1856 Genus Paradelia Ringdahl, 1933 Genus Parapegomyia Griffiths, 1984 Genus Pegomya Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

Tribe Myopinini

Genus Pegoplata Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911 Genus Calythea Schnabl in Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911 Genus Myopina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

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^ Alan Weaving; Mike Picker; Griffiths, Charles Llewellyn (2003). Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. New Holland Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 1-86872-713-0. 

Further reading[edit]

Genera - Suwa, M., & B. Darvas, 1998. Family Anthomyiidae. In: Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera Volume 3 (L. Papp & B. Darvas, eds.): 571-616. Science Herald, Budapest. Species - Hennig, W., 1966-1976. 63a. Anthomyiidae. In: Die Fliegen der paläarktischen Region 7(1) (Erwin Lindner, ed.): 1-974, pl. 1-78. E. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart.


Ackland, D. M. 2001. Revision of afrotropical Anthomyia Meigen, 1803 (Diptera: Anthomyiidae), with descriptions of ten new species. African Invertebrates 42: 1-94. [1] Ackland, D. M. 2008. Revision of Afrotropical Delia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (Diptera: Anthomyiidae), with descriptions of six new species. African Invertebrates 49 (1): 1-75. [2] K. Yu. Elberg Family Anthomyiidae in Bei-Bienko, G. Ya, 1988 Keys to the insects of the European Part of the USSR Volume 5 (Diptera) Part 2 English edition Emden, F. I. Van (1941): Keys to the Muscidae of the Ethiopian Region :Scatophaginae, Anthomyiinae, Lispinae, Fanniinae. Bull. Ent.Res., 1941–1942, 32: 251-275. Keys to Afrotropical genera and species. See Pont & Ackland in Crosskey, R. W. et al. 1980 for updated classification and nomenclature. Hennig, W., 1966-1976. 63a. Anthomyiidae. In: Die Fliegen der paläarktischen Region 7(1) (Erwin Lindner, ed.): 1-974, pl. 1-78. E. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart. Monograph of Palaearctic species. Hucket, H. C. (1965): The Muscidae of Northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland (Diptera). Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada, 42: 1-369. Keys, illustrations. Huckett H. C. (1971): The Anthomyiidae of California exclusive of. the subfamily Scatophaginae (Diptera). Bull. Calif. Insect Survey. 12: 1-121. Illustrated Keys. South Nearctic and North Neotropical. Pont, A.C., 1972, Family Muscidae. In: A Catalogue of the Diptera of the Americas South of the United States, 97, 111 p. Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo. Suwa, M. (1974): Anthomyiidae of Japan (Diptera). Insecta Matsumurana New Series 4 : 1-247. Comprehensive revision. Excellent illustrations. Suwa, M., & B. Darvas (1998): Family Anthomyiidae. In: Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera Volume 3 (L. Papp & B. Darvas, eds.): 571-616. Science Herald, Budapest.

Species lists[edit]

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Extant Diptera families

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Subclass: Pterygota Infraclass: Neoptera Superorder: Endopterygota

Suborder Nematocera





Dixidae (meniscus midges) Corethrellidae (frog-biting midges) Chaoboridae (phantom midges) Culicidae (mosquitoes)


Thaumaleidae (solitary midges) Simuliidae (black flies) Ceratopogonidae (biting midges) Chironomidae (non-biting midges)


Blephariceridae (net-winged midges) Deuterophlebiidae (mountain midges) Nymphomyiidae



Bibionidae (march flies, lovebugs)


Anisopodidae (wood gnats)

Sciaroidea (fungus gnats)

Bolitophilidae Diadocidiidae Ditomyiidae Keroplatidae Mycetophilidae Sciaridae (dark-winged fungus gnats) Cecidomyiidae (gall midges)



Canthyloscelidae Perissommatidae Scatopsidae (minute black scavenger flies, or dung midges)


Psychodidae (moth flies)


Ptychopteridae (phantom crane flies) Tanyderidae (primitive crane flies)



Trichoceridae (winter crane flies)


Pediciidae (hairy-eyed craneflies) Tipulidae (crane flies)

Suborder Brachycera



Apioceridae (flower-loving flies) Apsilocephalidae Apystomyiidae Asilidae (robber flies) Bombyliidae (bee flies) Evocoidae Hilarimorphidae (hilarimorphid flies) Mydidae (mydas flies) Mythicomyiidae Scenopinidae (window flies) Therevidae (stiletto flies)


Atelestidae Hybotidae (dance flies) Dolichopodidae (long-legged flies) Empididae (dagger flies, balloon flies)


Acroceridae (small-headed flies) Nemestrinidae (tangle-veined flies)




Phoridae (scuttle flies, coffin flies, humpbacked flies) Opetiidae (flat-footed flies) Ironomyiidae (ironic flies) Lonchopteridae (spear-winged flies) Platypezidae (flat-footed flies)


Syrphidae (hoverflies) Pipunculidae (big-headed flies)




Conopidae (thick-headed flies)


Pallopteridae (flutter flies) Piophilidae (cheese flies) Platystomatidae (signal flies) Pyrgotidae Richardiidae Tephritidae (peacock flies) Ulidiidae (picture-winged flies)


Cypselosomatidae Micropezidae (stilt-legged flies) Neriidae (cactus flies, banana stalk flies)


Diopsidae (stalk-eyed flies) Gobryidae Megamerinidae Nothybidae Psilidae (rust flies) Somatiidae Strongylophthalmyiidae Syringogastridae Tanypezidae


Coelopidae (kelp flies) Dryomyzidae Helosciomyzidae Ropalomeridae Huttoninidae Heterocheilidae Phaeomyiidae Sepsidae (black scavenger flies) Sciomyzidae (marsh flies)


Chyromyidae Heleomyzidae Sphaeroceridae (small dung flies) Nannodastiidae


Celyphidae (beetle-backed flies) Chamaemyiidae (aphid flies) Lauxaniidae


Agromyzidae (leaf miner flies) Anthomyzidae Asteiidae Aulacigastridae (sap flies) Clusiidae (lekking, or druid flies) Fergusoninidae Marginidae Neminidae Neurochaetidae (upside-down flies) Odiniidae Opomyzidae Periscelididae Teratomyzidae Xenasteiidae


Camillidae Curtonotidae (quasimodo flies) Diastatidae (bog flies) Ephydridae (shore flies) Drosophilidae (vinegar and fruit flies)


Acartophthalmidae Australimyzidae Braulidae (bee lice) Canacidae (beach flies) Carnidae Chloropidae (frit flies) Cryptochaetidae Inbiomyiidae Milichiidae (freeloader flies)


Cryptochetidae Lonchaeidae (lance flies)



Anthomyiidae (cabbage flies) Fanniidae (little house flies) Muscidae (house flies, stable flies) Scathophagidae (dung flies)


Calliphoridae (blow-flies: bluebottles, greenbottles) Mystacinobiidae (New Zealand batfly) Oestridae (botflies) Rhinophoridae Sarcophagidae (flesh flies) Tachinidae (tachina flies)


Glossinidae (tsetse flies) Hippoboscidae (louse flies) Mormotomyiidae (frightful hairy fly) Nycteribiidae (bat flies) Streblidae (bat flies)



Pantophthalmidae (timber flies) Stratiomyidae (soldier flies) Xylomyidae (wood soldier flies)



Austroleptidae Bolbomyiidae Rhagionidae (snipe flies)


Athericidae (water snipe flies) Oreoleptidae Pelecorhynchidae Tabanidae (horse and deer flies)






Xylophagidae (awl flies)

List of families of Diptera

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q886235 ADW: Anthomyiidae BugGuide: 8083 EoL: 513 EPPO: 1ANTMF Fauna Europaea: 10882 Fossilworks: 196170 GBIF: 3330 ITIS: 148685 NCBI: 30062 NZOR: 9713d618-c82f-4156-be75-708bf07b