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Mydidae

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Ordo: Diptera
Subordo: Brachycera
Infraordo: Asilomorpha
Superfamilia: Asiloidea
Familia: Mydidae
Subfamiliae: Anomalomydinae - Apiophorinae - Cacatuopyginae - Diochlistinae - Ectyphinae - Leptomydinae - Megascelinae - Mydinae - Rhapiomidinae - Rhopaliinae - Syllegomydinae

Overview of genera (58)

Afroleptomydas - Afromydas - Agaperemius - Anomalomydas - Apiophora - Arenomydas - Cephalocera - Cephalocerodes - Ceriomydas - Charimydas - Diochlistus - Dolichogaster - Ectyphus - Eremohaplomydas - Eremomidas - Eumydas - Halterorchis - Haplomydas - Hessemydas - Heteroleptomydas - Heteromydas - Hispanomydas - Lachnocorynus - Leptomydas - Mahafalymydas - Megascelus - Messiasia - Midacritus - Miltinus - Mimadelphus - Mitrodetus - Mydas - Mydaselpis - Namadytes - Namibimydas - Nemomydas - Neolaparopsis - Neorhaphiomidas - Nomoneura - Nomoneuroides - Nothomydas - Notosyllegomydas - Opomydas - Oreomydas - Paramydas - Parectyphus - Perissocerus - Phyllomydas - Plyomydas - Pseudonomoneura - Rhaphiomidas - Rhopalia - Rhopaliana - Stratiomydas - Syllegomydas - Tongamya - Utinga - Vespiodes

Name

Mydidae Bezzi, 1903

References

* Dikow, T. 2010: New species and new records of Mydidae from the Afrotropical and Oriental regions (Insecta, Diptera, Asiloidea). ZooKeys, 64: 33-75. ISSN: 1313-2970 (online) ISSN: 1313-2989 (print) doi: 10.3897/zookeys.64.464
* Richter, V.A. 1997: Family Mydidae. Papp, L. & Darvas, B. (Eds.), In Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera. Volume 2. Science Herald, Budapest.
* Papavero, N. and Wilcox, J. 1974: Studies of Mydidae (Diptera) systematics and evolution. I. A preliminary classification in subfamilies with the description of two new genera from the Oriental and Australian regions. Arquivos de Zoologia, São Paulo, 25, 1–60.
* Hesse, A.J. 1972: New Mydaidae (Diptera) from the Namib Desert and South-western Africa. Annals of the South African Museum, 60, 109–171.

The Mydidae (alternative spelling Mydaidae), or Mydas flies, are a small (fewer than 400 species), cosmopolitan family of rather large flies - including, in fact, the largest known fly, Gauromydas heros (a.k.a. Mydas heros). Many of the species, in addition to their large size, are mimics of stinging Hymenopterans, especially wasps. They are most diverse and abundant in arid regions of the world, but can be found in other habitats. They are infrequently encountered as the adult life span appears quite short, and little is known about their biology, though larvae of some species appear to be subterranean predators of ants.

The classification of the family has changed fairly recently, with the inclusion of a few genera that were previously placed in the family Apioceridae. This had an ironic twist to it, as the apiocerids have long been given the common name "Flower-loving flies" - but the only "Flower-loving flies" that visited flowers are those which are now placed in the Mydidae! Among the flies that were transferred is the genus Rhaphiomidas, which includes one of the only Diptera on the Endangered Species List (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis, a.k.a. the "Delhi Sands flower-loving fly").

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