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Jeff Skevington
Containing group: Chalarinae


There are 43 valid described species of Chalarus. There are only three regional keys that provide useful keys to this genus (Jervis, 1992; Morakote & Hirashima, 1990; Rafael, 1990). Kehlmaier has just started to take a closer look at the systematics of this group .

These tiny flies are mostly parasitoids of Typholcybinae (Cicadellidae).


Chalarus are easy to recognize by their incomplete wing venation (cell M open, cross vein dm-cu absent, vein m reduced).


Blair, K. G. 1943. The host of Chalarus spurius Fall. (Dipt., Pipunculidae). The Entomologist's monthly Magazine 79: 129.

Coe, R. L. 1966. Some British species of Chalarus and Verrallia (Diptera: Pipunculidae). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London (B) 35: 149-160.

De Meyer, M. and L. De Bruyn. 1984. On the phenology of some Pipunculidae (Diptera) in Belgium. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Royale belge d'Entomologie 120: 123-131.

Dempewolf, M. 1998. On the taxonomy of two German pipunculid flies with remarks on the terminology of the male genitalia (Diptera). Beiträge zur Entomologie 48: 531-537.

Jervis, M. 1981. Taxonomic studies on Chalarus species (Diptera, Pipunculidae), using the screening electron microscope. Acta Entomologica Fennica 38: 25.

Jervis, M. A. 1980a. Life history studies on Aphelopus species (Hymenoptera, Dryinidae) and Chalarus species (Diptera, Pipunculidae), primary parasites of typhlocybine leafhoppers (Homoptera, Cicadellidae). Journal of Natural History 14: 769-780.

Jervis, M. A. 1980b. Studies on oviposition behaviour and larval development in species of Chalarus (Diptera, Pipunculidae), parasites of typhlocybine leafhoppers (Homoptera, Cicadellidae). Journal of Natural History 14: 759-768.

Jervis, M. A. 1992. A taxonomic revision of the pipunculid fly genus Chalarus Walker, with particular reference to the European fauna. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 243-352.

Kehlmaier, C. (2003): Pipunculidae (Diptera) from a forest ecosystem in northern Spain, with the description of a new species.- Entomologische Zeitschrift 113 (3): 87-94; Stuttgart.

Morakote, R. and Y. Hirashima. 1990. A systematic study of the Japanese Pipunculidae (Diptera) Part II. The genus Chalarus Walker. Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University 34: 161-181.

Rafael, J. A. 1990. Revisão das espécies Neotropicais do gênero Chalarus Walker, 1834 (Diptera: Pipunculidae). Iheringia, série Zoologia 70: 45-53.

Rafael, J. A. and M. D. d. S. Menezes. 1999. Taxonomic review of Costa Rican Pipunculidae (Insecta: Diptera). Revista de biologia tropical 47: 513-534.

Skevington, J.H. and Kehlmaier, C. 2008. A new species of Chalaraus Walker from Fiji (Diptera: Pipunculidae). In: Evenhuis, N.L. & Bickel, D.J. (eds.), Fiji Arthropods XI. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 98: 15-20.

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