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Acartophthalmus nigrinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Superfamily: Opomyzoidea
Family: Acartophthalmidae
Genus: Acartophthalmus
Czerny, 1902

Acartophthalmus is a genus of flies, the only genus in the family Acartophthalmidae. They are 1.0–2.5 millimetres (0.04–0.10 in) long, and grey or black in colour, with pubescent arista. Only four species are included.[1]

The biology of Acartophthalmus is almost unknown. The adults have mainly been found in forests, while larvae have been reared from dead wood and decaying organic material.


A. nigrinus

The four species included in the genus are:[1]

Two of the species occur in the United Kingdom.[2] There is also an uncertain fossil species.


  1. ^ a b Owen Lonsdale (November 30, 2009). "Acartophthalmidae". Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ L. Watson & M. J. Dallwitz. "Acartophthalmidae". British Insects: the Families of Diptera. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 

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