Hybotidae

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"Dance fly" and "dance flies" redirect here. This term is also used for some Empididae.
Hybotidae
Bicellaria spuria (Ocydromiinae: Bicellariini)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Superfamily: Empidoidea
Family: Hybotidae
Subfamilies

Hybotidae, the typical dance flies are a family of true flies. They belong to the superfamily Empidoidea and were formerly included in the Empididae as a subfamily.

Some, such as Tachydromia, are predators that run around on the bark of trees in complex pattern, hence the common name. Tachydromia species are only about three millimeters long.

Systematics[edit]

The Hybotidae clearly form a lineage quite distinct from the Empididae. Among the Empidoidea, they represent a lineage more basal than the main radiation of Empididae and Dolichopodidae, though they are not as ancient as the genera placed in the Atelestidae.[1][2]

By and large, the Hybotidae are monophyletic. Among its subfamilies, the Hybotinae and Tachydromiinae certainly represent clades. The status of the Ocydromiinae as a natural group is less clear, in particular whether the Trichininae should be included as tribe Trichinini or even in the Bicellariini[3] or Oedaleini,[4] or whether they are more distinct and warrant recognition as a separate subfamily.[1]

Systematic list[edit]

The subfamilies with their tribes and selected genera are:[2][5][6]

Hybotinae Meigen, 1820

Ocydromiinae

Trichininae (often included in Ocydromiinae)

Tachydromia arrogans or closely related species (Tachydromiinae: Tachydromiini)

Tachydromiinae

Tachypeza nubila with prey (video, 2m 23s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Moulton, J. K.; Wiegmann, B. M. (2007). "The phylogenetic relationships of flies in the superfamily Empidoidea (Insecta: Diptera).". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (3): 701–713. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2007.02.029. PMID 17468014. 
  2. ^ a b Sinclair, Bradley J.; Cumming, Jeffrey M. (2006). "The morphology, higher-level phylogeny and classification of the Empidoidea (Diptera)" (PDF). Zootaxa 1180: 1–172. ISBN 1-877407-80-1. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Jere Kahanpää (July 23, 2008). "Hybotidae". Draft Catalogue of Finnish Flies (Diptera: Brachycera). Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hybotidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ M. Chvála (1983). "The Empidoidea (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. II. General Part. The families Hybotidae, Atelestidae and Microphoridae". Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 12: 1–279. 
  6. ^ Chvála, Milan (1975). The Tachydromiinae (Diptera; Empididae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark (PB). Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 3. Klampenborg: Scandinavian Science Press Ltd. pp. 1–336. ISBN 87-87491-04-4. 

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