Soldier flies in the subfamily Antissinae are united by a genitalic character. They are mostly native to the Australian and Neotropical regions, particularly Australia and Chile. One genus is found in the Palaearctic region and North America (Woodley 2001).
The large, explanate gonostyli represent the best putative synapomorphy of Antissinae. The group can also be distinguished from most other soldier flies by the absence of m-cu, the presence of vein M3, and the presence of eight flagellomeres (Woodley 2001).
Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships
Exodontha may render Antissinae paraphyletic; Woodley (2001) states that the placement of Exodontha in this subfamily is provisional.
Woodley, N. E. 2001. A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia 11: 1-473. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
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