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Family level taxonomy (Nearctic Diptera)
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Posted on 10-04-2014 16:13
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Dear Dipterists,

Apart from the Manual of Nearctic Diptera are there any other reliable up to date family keys for North American Diptera. Are there many families missing form this manual? I am looking for any resources that could be used for initial sorting in the lab.

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Tony Irwin
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I don't think there are any families missing from the Manual of Nearctic Diptera, but some of them appear as subfamilies - particularly within the Tipulidae, Mycetophilidae and Empididae. If you want alternative keys, then Oosterbroek's key to European families has most, though not all, of the Nearctic families. For initial sorting, I'd be tempted to stick with the old (inclusive) families in any case.
Tony Irwin
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I agree with Tony Irwin's comment. There is no single better source to identify adult insects to family.

Some other references:

Merritt and Cummins, An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. This has the only key I have seen to fly pupae. It only covers aquatic families, but terrestrial families are mainly indistinguishable (as pupae) Cyclorrhapha.

Manual of Central America Diptera. This book uses alternate methods to key out Nematocera and Oestroidea, and separates the Central American families of Mycetophilidae sensu lato.

Soli's key to Palaearctic fungus gnats will be useful, but note that Paleoplatyura will end in the wrong family because it has an r-m crossvein.
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Posted on 11-04-2014 02:33
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Thank you very much John and Tony, I am indebted as always!!!!!
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