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Olfersia is also a genus of ferns in family Dryopteridaceae.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Calyptratae
Superfamily: Hippoboscoidea
Family: Hippoboscidae
Subfamily: Ornithomyinae
Genus: Olfersia
Leach, 1817

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Olfersia are genus of biting flies in the family of louse flies, Hippoboscidae. There are 7 known species.[1] All species are Parasites of birds.[2]


Olfersia are found worldwide with the exception of Australia, but are most abundant in North and Central America.[2]


  • Genus Olfersia Leach, 1817
  • Species group 'a'
  • Species group 'b'
  • Species group 'c'
  • Species group 'd'


  1. ^ Dick, C. W. (2006). "Checklist of World Hippoboscidae (Diptera: Hippoboscoidea).". Chicago: Department of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History. pp. 1–7pp. 
  2. ^ a b Maa,T. C. (1969). "A Revised Checklist and Concise Host Index of Hippoboscidae (Diptera)". Pacific Insects Monograph (Honolulu: Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii) 20: 261–299pp.