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taxon links [up-->]Dorylomorpha (Dorylomyia) [up-->]Dorylomorpha (Dorylomyza) [up-->]Dorylomorpha (Pipunculina) [up-->]Dorylomorpha (Dorylomorpha) [up-->]Dorylomorpha (Dorylomima) Phylogenetic position of group is uncertain[down<--]Pipunculinae Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Pipunculinae


This genus of 83 valid species has a predominantly northern distribution. Most of the taxa occur in the Palaearctic, Nearctic and Oriental regions. Only three species occur in the Neotropics. Five subgenera are recognized and all species except one have been placed in a subgenus. Dorylomorpha laeta is currently considered incertae sedis. The sole specimen (the holotype) is in poor condition and more material is required to allow the study of all characters necessary to place this to subgenus (Albrecht, 1990).

All known hosts of Dorylomorpha belong to the Cicadellidae.


Dorylomorpha are very distinctive flies. The abdominal tergites are polished and shiny and they have long, clavate abdomens (constricted basally and widening distally). They also lack a pterostigma on the wing (within the Pipunculinae only Tomosvaryella and a few species of Eudorylas share this character). Crossvein r-m is also situated basally in cell M of the wing. Tomosvaryella typically have this crossvein in the middle of cell M.

Albrecht (1990) provides key to the world species.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Albrecht (1990) provides a phenogram for the genus (based on 142 characters).


Albrecht, A. 1990. Revision, phylogeny and classification of the genus Dorylomorpha (Diptera, Pipunculidae). Acta Zoologica Fennica 188:1-240.

Kuznetzov, S. Y. 1992. New species of Dorylomorpha (Diptera, Pipunculidae) from Mongolia. Dipterological Research 3:41-46.

Kuznetzov, S. Y. 1993. New species of Dorylomorpha (Diptera, Pipunculidae) from the West Siberia, and the Far East. Dipterological Research 4:49-68.

Kuznetzova, N. V. 1992. A new species of Dorylomorpha (Diptera, Pipunculidae) from the Far East. Dipterological Research 3:47-49.

Morakote, R., Y. Hirashima, and K. Yano. 1990. A systematic study of the Japanese Pipunculidae (Diptera) Part VI. The genera Dorylomorpha Aczél and Tomosvaryella Aczél. Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University 34:357-395.

Xu, Y., and C.-k. Yang. 1990. Contributions to Pipunculidae (Diptera) from Nei Mongol. Entomotaxonomia 12:305-308.

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Scientific Name Dorylomorpha
Location Bolivia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Jeff Skevington
Sex Male
Copyright © Steve Marshall
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