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Stevenia sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Calyptratae
Superfamily: Oestroidea
Family: Rhinophoridae
Rhinophora lepida on Cardamine pratensis (video, 1m 50s)

Rhinophoridae are a small family of flies (Diptera) with around 500 species. Rhinophoridae are found in all zoogeographic regions except Australasia and Oceania but mainly in the Palaearctic and Afrotropical regions.

They are small slender black bristly flies phylogenetically close to Tachinidae although some authors consider them a sister group of Calliphoridae. The larvae are mostly parasitoids of woodlice, beetles, spiders and other arthropods and (a few species of snails).

External links[edit]

  • L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz (2008-11-25). "Rhinophoridae". British Insects: the Families of Diptera. 

Species lists[edit]


  • Crosskey, R.W., 1977 A Review of the Rhinophoridae (Diptera) and a revision of the Afrotropical species Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. Ent. 36 (1) 66 pp.
  • Herting, B., 1961. Rhinophorinae. In: Lindner E. (ed.), Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region, IX, 64e. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart.
  • Seguy, E.,1928. Etudes sur le mouches parasites 2 - Ccalliphorides. Calliphorines (suite), Sarcophaginae et Rhinophorinae de l'Europe occidentale et meridionale.Recherches sur la morphologie et la distribution geographique des Dipteres a larves parasites. Encyclopédie Entomologique, 9. Lechevalier, Paris.