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Marginidae, Mormotomyiidae... What are those?
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Posted on 14-06-2009 23:39
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Hi, I was searching in Catalogue of life, and found Marginidae with one genus, Margo, but I couldn't find any info of this. Also, there are other never-before-heard families of diptera, like Iteaphila-group, Mystacinobiidae... Are there any sources about this dipteran familes which are completely unfindable on the net?

Also, I found this about the Mormotomyiidae, the fly family with the most restricted distribution. How could they look like? Could be really interesting, if they are relatives to hippoboscdae. Unfortunately the article does not cite references.
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Marginidae: small family of acalyptrate flies on the Southern hemisphere.
Iteaphila group: part of the Empidoidea.

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in addition to Paul... might be of interest.....

so long,


McAlpine, D. K. (1991): Marginidae, a new Afrotropical family of Diptera (Schizophora: ?Opomyzoidea). - Annals of the Natal Museum 32:167-177.


Holloway, B.A. (1976): A new bat-fly family from New Zealand (Diptera: Mystacinobiidae).
New Zealand journal of zoology 3:279301.

Gleeson D.M.; Howitt R.L.J. and Newcomb R.D. (2000): The phylogenetic position of the New Zealand batfly, Mystacinobia zelandica (Mystacinobiidae: Oestroidea)
inferred from Mitochondrial 16S robosomal DNA sequence data. - Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 30:155168.

Dick, C. W. and Patterson, B. D. (2006): 11 Bat flies - obligate ectoparasites of bats. - Pp. 179-194 In: Morand, S.; Krasnov, B. R. and Poulin, R. (eds.): Micromammals and Macroparasites (From Evolutionary Ecology to Management). - Springer-Verlag, Tokyo.


Austen, E. E. (1936): A remarkable semi-apterous fly (Diptera) found in a cave in east Africa, and representing a new family, genus, and species. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1936: 425-431.

Iteaphila-group (Incertae sedis Empidoidea)

Sinclair, B.J. and Cumming, J.M. (2006): The morphology, higher-level phylogeny and classification of the Empidoidea (Diptera). - Zootaxa 1180: 1-172.
http://www.mapres...80p140.pdf partA
http://www.mapres...80p172.pdf partB
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Thank You for both of You! The wikiedia-article was really interesting, that these 'bat-flies' are beginning to form castes. (I also read about yet another bat-flies, Chyropteromyzidae, they are Heleomyzoidea, living in guao, alsofound from Hungary so far 2 times).

The pdf articles are also nice and interesting, good to see such big cladograms of Empidoidea, since currently I'm learning for my exam about Evolution Smile
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WOW amazing: I found this searching for some interesting isects. You can watch a video of the New-Zealand batflies, Mystacinobiidae. Here's a vid.
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