Syringogaster

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Syringogaster
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Superfamily: Diopsoidea
Family: Syringogastridae
Prado, 1969
Genus: Syringogaster
Cresson, 1912
Species

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Syringogaster is a genus of small (4 to 6mm) ant-like flies with a petiolate abdomen, a long prothorax, a swollen and spiny hind femur, and reduced head size and large eyes. There are 20 described extant species and 2 species known from Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic. It is the only genus in the family Syringogastridae.[1]

Distribution[edit]

The genus Syringogaster are found in tropical areas of the Neotropical region, with exception of the Antilles. Syringogastridae inhabit tropical forests.[1]

Biology[edit]

Very little is known about the biology of Syringogastridae, and no larvae are known.[1]

Classification[edit]

The descriptor Ezra Townsend Cresson placed his new genus in the family Psilidae [2] then in 1969 Angelo Pires do Prado erected a new family (Syringogastridae) to contain the genus [3]

Species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c S.A. Marshall, M. Buck, J.H. Skevington & D. Grimaldi (2007). "A revision of the family Syringogastridae (Diptera: Diopsoidea)". Zootaxa (Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press) 1996: 1–80pp. 
  2. ^ Cresson, E. T. Jr. 1912. Descriptions of several new neotropical acalyptrate Diptera. Entomol. News. 23:389-396..
  3. ^ Prado, A. P. do. 1969. Syringogastridae, uma nova familia de dipteros Acalyptratae, com a descricao de seis especies novas do genero Syringogaster Cresson. Studia Ent. (n.s.) 12:1-32.

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