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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
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: Nematocera
Infraordo: Tipulomorpha
Superfamilia: Tipuloidea

Familia: Tipulidae
Subfamilia: Ctenophorinae
Genus: Tanyptera
Subgenera: T. (Mesodictenidia) - T. (Tanyptera)
Tanyptera Latreille, 1804

Tanyptera is a genus of true crane flies; its species are lustrous and black and yellow or red in color. They resemble some Ichneumonidae. Segments of the flagella of males have three outgrowths each (two lower paired and one the upper unpaired). The antennae of the females are distinctly 13-segmented. The sides of the mesothorax are glabrous. The ovipositor of the female is unusually long, the valves being only slightly shorter than the cerci. Tanyptera spp. exhibit extreme polymorphism in the body colour and body size of the sexes. The wing colors also vary from smoky-black, brown, or brownish-yellow, to transparent.

Their habitat is deciduous and mixed forests. The larvae live in dead but still hard wood. Tanyptera species are a minor pest in Russia where they are sometimes harmful to forest products. They are found in Europe and Asia.

Subgenus Mesodictenidia Matsumura, 1931

T. angustistylus Alexander, 1925
T. antica Alexander, 1938
T. cognata Alexander, 1936
T. digitata Yang & Yang, 1988
T. gracilis (Portschinsky, 1873)
T. perangusta Alexander, 1953
T. stackelbergiana Savchenko, 1973
T. subcognata Alexander, 1941
T. tsurugiana Takahashi, 1960

Subgenus Tanyptera Latreille, 1804

T. atrata (Linnaeus, 1758)
T. brevipecten Alexander, 1955
T. chrysophaea Alexander, 1941
T. dorsalis (Walker, 1848)
T. hebeiensis Yang & Yang, 1988
T. hubeiensis Yang & Yang, 1988
T. indica (Brunetti, 1918)
T. mediana Yang & Yang, 1988
T. nigricornis (Meigen, 1818)
T. parva (Portschinsky, 1887)
T. shennongana Yang & Yang, 1988
T. trimaculata Yang & Yang, 1988


"Catalogue of the Craneflies of the World (Diptera, Tipuloidea: Pediciidae, Limoniidae, Cylindrotomidae, Tipulidae)". Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

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