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taxon links [up-->]Cephalops [up-->]Dasydorylas [up-->]Basileunculus [up-->]Microcephalops [up-->]Tomosvaryella [up-->]Eudorylas [up-->]Claraeola [up-->]Collinias [up-->]Amazunculus [up-->]Dorylomorpha [up-->]Cephalosphaera [up-->]Clistoabdominalis [up-->]Allomethus [up-->]Elmohardyia [up-->]Pipunculus Phylogenetic position of group is uncertain[down<--]Pipunculidae Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Pipunculidae


With 1268 species, this is by far the largest subfamily of big-headed flies. The 15 genera are relatively easy to distinguish with only the Eudorylini posing difficulties. See Skevington and Yeates (2001) for a key to genera.


Pipunculinae are easy to distinguish from Chalarinae and Nephrocerinae. In Pipunculinae the hind margin of the eye is straight (deeply excised medially in Nephrocerinae), the ocellar bristles are reduced (distinct in Chalarinae), the head is spherical (hemispherical in Chalarinae) and the margin of the mesonotum and scutellum have no strong bristles (strong bristles present in Chalarinae).


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 Eudorylas
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Jeff Skevington
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Skevington, Jeff. 2005. Pipunculinae. Version 02 November 2005 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Pipunculinae/54638/2005.11.02 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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