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taxon links [up-->]Ephydroidea [up-->]Sphaeroceroidea [up-->]Carnoidea [up-->]Natalimyzidae [up-->]Calyptratae [up-->]Nerioidea [up-->]Tephritoidea [up-->]Lauxanioidea [up-->]Diopsoidea [up-->]Opomyzoidea [up-->]Sciomyzoidea [up-->]Unplaced Acalyptratae Not MonophyleticPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertainPhylogenetic position of group is uncertain[down<--]Cyclorrhapha Interpreting the tree
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Tree adapted from McAlpine and Woods 1989; McAlpine 1990; Wheeler 2000; Barraclough and McAlpine 2007. Three genera of flies in the Schizophora, Mallochianamyia Santos-Neto, Schizostomyia Malloch, and Paraleucopis Malloch, are unplaced to family. Wheeler (2000) suggested that these genera may form a monophyletic clade.

Containing group: Cyclorrhapha


Barraclough, D. A. & McAlpine, D. K. 2007. Natalimyzidae, a new African family of acalyptrate flies (Diptera: Schizophora: Sciomyzoidea). Afr. Invert. 47:117-134.

McAlpine, D.K., 1990. The taxonomic position of the Ctenostylidae (= Lochmostyliinae; Diptera: Schizophora). Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz 84:365-371.

McAlpine, J. F. and D. M. Wood (eds.). 1989. Manual of Nearctic Diptera, Vol. 3. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Monograph 32.

Wheeler T. A. 2000. Systematics of Mallochianamyia Santos-Neto (Diptera: Schizophora), Neotropical acalyptrate flies of uncertain family relationships. Insect Syst. Evol. 31:209-224.

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Scientific Name Conops ceriaeformis
Location St-Didier-d'Aussiat, Rhone-Alpes, France
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Conops ceriaeformis
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2008 CÚcile Bassaglia
Scientific Name Gymnosoma
Acknowledgements Photograph courtesy InsectImages.org (#1386012)
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Collection Bugwood Network/Forestry Images
Copyright © Joseph Berger
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