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Ocyptamus cf. fuscipennis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Subfamily: Syrphinae
Tribe: Syrphini
Genus: Ocyptamus
Macquart, 1834

Ocyptamus is a large and diverse genus of over 300 species of hoverfly mostly found in the Neotropical region.[1][2] It is likely that many of these species will be discovered to be synonyms though many others await description. Also there is some evidence the genus is not monophyletic[3][4] and is paraphyletic with regard to Eosalpingogaster and Toxomerus, and some subgenera have been given full generic status.[5]


Subgenus: Ocyptamus Macquart, 1834

Subgenus: Pseudoscaeva Vockeroth, 1969[Note 1]

Subgenus: Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969

Subgenus: Orphnabaccha Hull, 1949[Note 2]

Subgenus: Pipunculosyrphus Hull, 1937

Subgenus: Mimocalla Hull, 1943

Subgenus: Styxia Hull, 1943

Subgenus: Calostigma Shannon, 1927

Subgenus: Hybobathus Enderlein, 1937[Note 3]

Subgenus: Atylobaccha Hull, 1949

Subgenus: Pelecinobaccha Shannon, 1927[Note 4]


  1. ^ Now considered a full genus separate from Ocyptamus
  2. ^ Now considered a full genus separate from Ocyptamus
  3. ^ Now considered a full genus separate from Ocyptamus
  4. ^ Now considered a full genus separate from Ocyptamus


  1. ^ Reemer, M. (2010). "A second survey of Surinam Syrphidae (Diptera):introduction and Syrphinae" (PDF). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie. 153 (2): 163–196. doi:10.1163/22119434-900000295. 
  2. ^ Ximo Mengual; Gunilla Ståhls; Santos Rojo (2008). "First phylogeny of predatory flower flies (Diptera, Syrphidae, Syrphinae) using mitochondrial COI and nuclear 28S rRNA genes: conflict and congruence with the current tribal classification" (PDF). Cladistics. 24: 543–562. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00200.x. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  3. ^ Mengual, Ximo (2012). "Is the mega-diverse genus Ocyptamus (Diptera, Syrphidae) monophyletic? Evidence from molecular characters including the secondary structure of 28S rRNA". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (1): 191–205. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.014. PMID 21985963. Retrieved 2012-01-116.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Gonçalves Miranda, Gil Felipe (2011). An overview of the genus Ocyptamus Macquart, 1834, with a revision of the Ocyptamus tristis species group (Doctor of Philosophy thesis). University of Guelph. Retrieved 16 Jan 2012. 
  5. ^ Miranda, G.F.G; Young, A.D.; Locke, M.M.; Marshall, S.A.; Skevington, J.H.; Thompson, F.C. (2013). "Key to the Genera of Nearctic Syrphidae". Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification. 23. doi:10.3752/cjai.2013.23. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 

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For many photographic examples: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=ocyptamus&w=all