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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Antliophora
Ordo: Diptera
Subordo: Brachycera
Infraordo: Asilomorpha
Superfamilia: Empidoidea

Genus: Homalocnemis
Species (7): H. adelensis – H. inexpleta – H. maculipennis – H. namibiensis – H. nigripennis – H. perspicua – H. praesumpta

[Source: Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist]

Homalocnemis Philippi, 1865: Verh. zool.-bot. Ges. Wien, 15, Abh., 752.


Homalocnemis is a genus of flies which is placed in a family of its own, the Homalocnemiidae. There are about seven species in the genus found in the Afrotropical, Neotropical, and Australasian regions, suggestive of a Gondwanan origin. The genus was formerly considered a primitive empidoid and placed variously in the Hybotidae or in the empidid subfamily Brachystomatinae. They are recognized by their wing venation which includes a long anal cell and a long basal segment of the antennal style.

Species in the genus include:[1]

New Zealand

H. adelensis (Miller, 1913)
H. inexpleta Collin, 1928
H. perspicua (Hutton, 1901)
H. maculipennis Malloch, 1932


H. namibiensis Chvála, 1991[2]


H. praesumpta Collin, 1928
H. nigripennis Philippi, 1865


Smith, Kenneth G.V. (2008). "Subfamily Empidoidea". In Evenhuis, Neal (ed.). Catalog of the Diptera of Australasia and Oceania. pp. 382–392.
Chvála, Milan (1991). "First record of the relict Gondwanan genus Homalocnemis Philippi (Diptera: Empididae) from Namibia and the Afrotropical Region". Annals of the Natal Museum. 32 (1): 13–18.

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