Pelecorhynchidae

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Pelecorhynchidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Superfamily: Tabanoidea
Family: Pelecorhynchidae
Genera

Pelecorhynchidae is a small family of flies. All of the genera were originally placed in the family Rhagionidae, and their elevation to family rank has been controversial.[1] Other phylogenetic analyses have supported Pelecorhynchidae as a distinct clade from Rhagionidae.[2] The adults of Pelecorhynchus mostly feed on nectar of Leptospermum flowers. Larvae have been collected in the damp margins of swamp areas, where they feed on earthworms.[3]

Distribution[edit]

The genus Pelecorhynchus is known from Australia and Chile. The genera Glutops and Pseudoerinna are distributed in the Nearctic and eastern Palaearctic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ B. Stuckenberg (2001). "Pruning the tree: a critical review of classifications of the Homeodactyla (Diptera, Brachycera), with new perspectives and an alternative classification". Studia Dipterologica. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Wiegmann et al. (2011). "Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life". PNAS. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Australian National Insect Collection Database: Pelecorhynchidae". CSIRO Australia. Retrieved 24 May 2010.