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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Subfamily: Microdontinae
Genus: Ceratophya
Wiedemann, 1824
Type species
Ceratophya notata
Wiedemann, 1824

Ceratophya is a genus of hoverflies, with five known species. They are distinct from Microdon by the presence of an appendix on vein R4+5.[1] Many species have erroneously been placed in this genus. Some authors place Ceratophya as a subgenus of Microdon.


Larvae are found in ant nests.


Distribution is Neotropical.


There are five known species as of 2013:[2][3]


  1. ^ Cheng, Xin-Yue; Thompson, F. Christian (2008). "A generic conspectus of the Microdontinae (Diptera: Syrphidae) with the description of two new genera from Africa and China" (PDF Adobe Acrobat). Zootaxa. New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1879: 21–48. ISSN 1175-5334. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  2. ^ a b Reemer, Menno; Ståhls, Gunilla (2013). "Generic revision and species classification of the Microdontinae (Diptera, Syrphidae)". ZooKeys. 288: 1–213. doi:10.3897/zookeys.288.4095. PMC 3690914. PMID 23798897.
  3. ^ a b Reemer, Menno (2013). "Taxonomic exploration of Neotropical Microdontinae (Diptera: Syrphidae) mimicking stingless bees". Zootaxa. 3697 (1): 1–88. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3697.1.1. PMID 26079022.