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Containing group: Pipunculinae


This genus was recently erected by Skevington and Yeates (2001). Forty-five valid species are currently treated in Clistoabdominalis but many species of Eudorylas will have to be transferred into the genus as regional revisions proceed. The genus is cosmopolitan.


Male Clistoabdominalis specimens are quite distinctive. Their abdomens are swollen distally and usually lack a membranous area. Females can be difficult to recognize at the generic level. Particularly females of Eudorylas are difficult to differentiate from some female Clistoabdominalis species. Use the key in Skevington and Yeates (2001) to identify Clistoabdominalis.

Regional revisions include: Australia – Skevington (2001) and Europe – Kehlmaier (2005). A revision of the African species of Eudorylini is expected soon (Földvári, submitted).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

A tribal phylogeny of the Eudorylini (Skevington and Yeates, 2001) includes several Clistoabdominalis exemplars. A phylogeny of the Australian Clistoabdominalis species is presented in Skevington (2001).


Földvári, M. 2003. New Afrotropical species from the tribe Eudorylini (Diptera, Pipunculidae). Annales Historico-Naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici 95:161-171.

Kehlmaier, C. 2005. Taxonomic revision of European Eudorylini (Insecta, Diptera, Pipunculidae). Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg 41:45-353.

Kehlmaier, C. (2005): Taxonomic studies on Palaearctic and Oriental Eudorylini (Diptera: Pipunculidae), with the description of three new species.- Zootaxa 1030: 1-48; Brisbane.

Kozánek, M., and C. Kehlmaier. 2004. Pipunculidae of Slovakia: additions and corrections to faunal list, with a description of a new Eudorylas (Diptera). Entomological Problems 34:21-36.

Skevington, J. H. 2001. Revision of Australian Clistoabdominalis (Diptera: Pipunculidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 15:695-761.

Skevington, J. H., and D. K. Yeates. 2001. Phylogenetic classification of Eudorylini (Diptera: Pipunculidae). Systematic Entomology 26:421-452.

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Scientific Name Clistoabdominalis scintillatus
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Jeff Skevington
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage adult
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