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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: Muscomorpha
Sectio: Schizophora
Subsectio: Acalyptrata
Superfamilia: Carnoidea

Familia: Acartophthalmidae
Genera (1 + 1†): Acartophthalmus – †Acartophthalmites

[source: Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist]

Acartophthalmidae Hennig, 1958

Primary references

Hennig, W. 1958: Die Familien der Diptera Schizophora und ihre phylogenetischen Verwandtschaftsbeziehungen. Beitr. Ent. 8: 505–688. [621]

Additional references

Papp, L. & A.L. Ozerov. 1998: Family Acartophthalmidae. Pp. 227-232. In. Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera, Vol. 3. Science Herald, Budapest.
Pérez-de la Fuente, R., Hoffeins, C. & Roháček, J. 2018. A new Acartophthalmites Hennig from Eocene Baltic amber (Diptera, Acalyptratae). ZooKeys 737: 125–139. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.737.20639. Reference page.
McAlpine, J.F. 1989: Phylogeny and classification of the Muscomorpha In J.F. McAlpine (ed.). Manual of the Nearctic Diptera. Vol. 3. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada. Monograph No. 32. Ottawa.

The Acartophthalmidae are a family of very small (1.0-2.5 mm), dark flies with pubescent arista, placed in the order Diptera. All are Holarctic in distribution.[1] Two fossil species are known, with uncertain placement.[2]

†Acartophthalmites Hennig, 1965[3]
Acartophthalmus Czerny, 1902[4]


Adults have been found mostly in forests. Larvae have been reared from dead wood and decaying organic material.

Owen Lonsdale (November 30, 2009). "Acartophthalmidae". Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
"†Acartophthalmites Hennig 1965". Paleobiology Database. Fossilworks. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
Hennig, Willi (1965). "Die Acalyptratae des Baltischen Bernsteins und ihre Bedeutung fur die Erforschung der phylogenetischen Entwicklung dieser Dipteren-Gruppe". Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. 145: 1–215.
Czerny, Leander (1902). "Bemerkungen zu den Arten der Gattungen Anthomyza Fll. und Ischnomyia Lw" (PDF). Wiener Entomologische Zeitung. 21: 249–256. Retrieved 11 August 2015.

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