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Keith Bayless
Containing group: Stratiomyidae


Soldier flies in the subfamily Raphiocerinae are elongate, often with vibrantly colored wings and bodies (Woodley 2001). Raphiocerinae is almost entirely limited to the New World Tropics. Rhaphioceroides, Timorimyia, and one species of Raphiocera are found in Southeast Asia. No larvae have been described in this subfamily (Woodley 2001).


Raphiocerinae are distinguished by their one segmented palpi, bare post-tegula, and antennae with six flagellomeres. Flies in this subfamily tend to have strikingly patterned wings with thick costal veins (Woodley 2001).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

In the most comprehensive molecular phylogeny of the family, Raphiocera fell within Stratiomyinae in some analyses, so the delimitation of the two subfamilies is unclear (Brammer and von Dohlen 2007). The subfamilial placement of non-New World Raphiocerinae merits further study (Woodley 2001).


Brammer, C.A. and C.D. von Dohlen. 2007. The evolutionary history of Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera): the molecular phylogeny of a diverse family of flies. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 43:660-73.

Woodley, N. E. 2001. A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia 11: 1-473. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.

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