Fine Art

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: Xylophagomorpha

Familia: Xylophagidae
Subfamiliae: Xylophaginae - Coenomyiinae
Overview of genera (9)

Anacanthaspis – Arthropeas – Coenomyia – Dialysis – Exeretonevra – Heterostomus – Odontosabula – Rachicerus – Xylophagus


Heterostomidae Nagatomi, 1984


Fachin, D.A. 2016. FAMILY XYLOPHAGIDAE. In Wolff, M.I., Nihei, S.S. & Carvalho, C.J.B. de (eds.), Catalogue of Diptera of Colombia. Zootaxa 4122(1): 302–305. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4122.1.24. Reference page.
Nagatomi, A. 1984: Male genitalia of the lower Brachycera (Diptera). Beiträge zur Entomologie, 34(1): 99–157. [not seen]
Nagatomi, A. 1985: Redescription of Heterostomus curvipalpis (Diptera, Heterostomidae) and some notes on my paper of the male genitalia of the lower Brachycera (Diptera). Kontyû, Tokyo, 53(4): 699–710.
Nagatomi, A.; Liu, N. 1995: Spermatheca and female terminalia of Pantophthalmidae and Xylophagidae s. lat. (Diptera). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 88(5): 603–626.

Vernacular names
suomi: Lahopuukärpäset
日本語: キアブ科
Nederlands: Houtvliegen

The Brachyceran infraorder Xylophagomorpha is a small group that consists solely of the family Xylophagidae, which presently contains subfamilies that were sometimes considered to be two small related families (Coenomyiidae and Rachiceridae). Other obsolete names for members of this family include Exeretonevridae and Heterostomidae.

The family is known by the English name awl-flies.

The larvae are often predatory, consuming other insect larvae living in rotting wood.[1]


Flies in this family have elongated bodies and resemble ichneumon wasps in shape. The base of the abdomen is constricted. The antennae have three segments.[1]

These nine genera belong to the family Xylophagidae:

Anacanthaspis c
Arthropeas i c b
Coenomyia i c b
Dialysis i c b
Exeretonevra c
Heterostomus i c
Odontosabula c
Rachicerus i c b
Xylophagus i c b

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[3] g = GBIF,[4] b =[5]

Watson, L. and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Xylophagidae. Archived June 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine British Insects: The Families of Diptera. Version 1 January 2012.
"Xylophagidae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
"Browse Xylophagidae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
"GBIF". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
"Xylophagidae Family Information". Retrieved 2018-04-22.

Insects, Fine Art Prints

Insects Images

Biology Encyclopedia

Retrieved from ""
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Home - Hellenica World