Belongs within: Sarcophagini.Contains: Sarcophaga (Heteronychia), Sarcophaga (Liosarcophaga), Sarcophaga (Sarcosolomonia), Sarcophaga (Sarcorohdendorfia). Sarcophaga is a cosmopolitan genus of generally large flies. Circumscription of this genus relative to others in the Sarcophagidae has been subject to some change with authors differing on whether various sarcophagid taxa should be treated as subgenera of Sarcophaga or as separate genera.… Continue reading Sarcophaga


Belongs within: Calyptratae.Contains: Atherigona, Azeliinae, Reinwardtiinae, Coenosiinae, Mydaeinae. The Muscidae, house flies, are a cosmopolitan group of ecologically diverse flies. Members are characterised by wings with vein A1 extending halfway to the wing margin and hind tibiae lacking a mid-dorsal bristle (Savage & Vockeroth 2010). Representatives include Achanthiptera rohrelliformis, a yellowish fly found in the… Continue reading Muscidae


Belongs within: Anthomyiidae. Anthomyia is a widespread genus of flies characterised by contrasting dark markings on the grey thorax (Michelsen 2010). <==Anthomyia Meigen 1803F92 [incl. Craspedochoeta Macquart 1850F92, HylemyioideM10; Anthomyiini] |–*A. pluvialis (Linnaeus 1758) [=Musca pluvialis]F92 |–‘Melinia’ angulata Tiensuu 1938 [=Craspedochoeta angulata]F92 |–‘Chortophila’ cannabina Stein 1916 [=Craspedochoeta cannabina]F92 |–A. confusaM10 |–A. constantinaL49 |–A. illocata Walker… Continue reading Anthomyia


Belongs within: Scathophagidae. Scathophaga is a genus of flies with adults predaceous on other insects and larvae primarily feeding on decaying matter such as dung, rotting seaweed or carrion (Vockeroth 2010). Characters (from Vockeroth 2010): Palpus with several apical bristles about one-quarter as long as palpus; anepisternum almost completely haired; postcoxal bridge present or absent;… Continue reading Scathophaga

Sarcophaga (Liosarcophaga)

Belongs within: Sarcophaga. The subgenus Liosarcophaga of the genus Sarcophaga is a group of flesh flies characterised by the presence of two long lateral arms, usually bifid, on the apical plates of the paraphallus (Lopes 1959). <==Sarcophaga (Liosarcophaga Enderlein 1928)MD13, L59 |–‘Parasarcophaga’ (*L.) madeirensis (Schiner 1868) [=Cynomyia madeirensis]L59 |–S. (L.) aegyptica Salem 1935 [=Parasarcophaga (L.)… Continue reading Sarcophaga (Liosarcophaga)


Belongs within: Sarcophaginae.Contains: Neosarcophaga, Robineauella, Sarcophaga. The Sarcophagini are a group of flesh flies bearing long hairs on the arista (Shewell 1987). Characters (from Shewell 1987, as Sarcophagini + Parasarcophagini): Arista long plumose, longest rays at least as long as width of first flagellomere. Frontal rows of setae abruptly divergent at antennae. Hairs on upper… Continue reading Sarcophagini


Belongs within: Calliphoridae.Contains: Polleniopsis, Onesia, Bellardia, Melanomyinae, Calliphora. The Calliphorinae are a group of blow flies that are typically metallic in coloration, though phylogenetic analysis raises the possibility they may be paraphyletic to the non-metallic Melanomyinae (Kutty et al. 2010). Characters (from Peris & González-Mora 2004): Propleural depression, prosternum and episternal area usually hairy. Parafacials… Continue reading Calliphorinae


Belongs within: Calliphorinae. The Melanomyinae are a Holarctic group of blow flies whose larvae, where known, are parasitic on land snails (Shewell 1987). Characters (from Peris & González-Mora 2004): Parafacials usually setose in upper part, without strong setae in lower part. Thorax coloration often metallic on black background. Prosternum often setulose. Hairiness tending to become… Continue reading Melanomyinae


Belongs within: Schizophora.Contains: Ornithomyinae, Streblidae, Muscidae, Anthomyiidae, Oestroidea, Fanniidae. The Calyptratae are a major clade of flies, most of which possess an enlarged lower calypter on the wing, that include many of the most familiar fly species. Phylogenetic analyses indicate a basal division between two major lineages, one containing the Hippoboscoidea and the other usually… Continue reading Calyptratae


Belongs within: Calyptratae.Contains: Nycteribiidae. The Streblidae, bat flies, are a group of blood-feeding flies parasitic on bats. Members include both winged and wingless forms. Most are ectoparasites except females of Ascodipteron that become embedded in the host’s skin. The Neotropical Nycterophiliinae are laterally compressed and flea-like whereas other species are dorsoventrally or not compressed (Dick… Continue reading Streblidae