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Some doubts about Tachinidae
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Posted on 15-03-2005 17:12

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While surfing the net, I found "Tachinid" picture in page of Cape Town museum:
The picture on the right looks more like some kind of Conopid or other family. Of course, the picture itself is too small to tell definitely, and I'm not an expert on Tachinidae, so I wanted to hear other opinions Smile
Thanks everyone in advance.
Edited by Andrius on 15-03-2005 17:18
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Posted on 15-03-2005 21:30
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I can image that you think it has a conopid-like appearance, especially with the spread wings and the darkened anterior part. However, near the base of the wings you can see tha calyptrae that make it clear that is is indeed one of the calyptrate flies. As far as I can tell it is truely a tachind fly. It reminds me of the genus Cylindromya but if it is African, it may be something completely different. Possible Theo or Chris can enlighten you there. For comparison with Cylindromya, see e.g. http://www.reptil...icolor.htm.

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Posted on 16-03-2005 16:14

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Thank you, Paul, for the link - now it's clear for me that my doubts were baseless Smile It is good to have experienced advisers.
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Posted on 16-03-2005 18:05
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Well, I have no idea which kind of tachinid it is - but it does look like a tachinid of sorts. Though probably not a phasiine like Cylindromyia. My guess would be a dexiine

Edited by ChrisR on 16-03-2005 18:06
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Posted on 16-03-2005 22:32

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It is a Tachinid alright and it could very well be in Dexiinae.
It reminds me (and no doubt Chris too) of Eriothrix.
However, it might be in Tachininae.
Difficult to tell with a small picture and little experience in afrotropical Tachinidae.

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