Ctenophora (fly)

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For the phylum of comb jellyfish, see Ctenophora.
Ctenophora pectinicornis bl.jpg
Ctenophora pectinicornis female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Nematocera
Infraorder: Tipulomorpha
Superfamily: Tipuloidea
Family: Tipulidae
Subfamily: Ctenophorinae
Genus: Ctenophora
Meigen, 1804
Type species
C. pectinicornis
Linnaeus, 1758

Ctenophora is a genus of true crane fly. Ctenophora are large (about 20 mm long, with 25-mm wingspans), shiny black craneflies with large yellow, orange or red markings to mimic wasps. Males have comb-like antennae. The larvae are saproxylic. The species are confined to old deciduous forests, orchards and other habitats with continuity of the presence of dying and fallen trees. Ctenophora species are important bioindicators.

Ctenophora is distinguished from related species (Dictenidia Brulle, Phoroctenia Coquillett) by the following character combination.The segments of the flagellum of the males have two pairs of outgrowths, the lower pair longer than upper pair. The antennae of the female are distinctly 13-segmented, and often indistinctly serrate. The sides of the mesothorax bear long bristles. Sternite 8 of the female is without dentate protuberances.