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Ptecticus trivittatus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Stratiomyidae
Subfamily: Sarginae
Genus: Ptecticus
Loew, 1855
Type species
Sargus testaceus
Fabricius, 1805
  • Gongrozus Enderlein, 1914
  • Pedicella Bigot, 1856

Ptecticus is an Old World genus of flies in the family Stratiomyidae.[2] The ground colour of the body may be yellow, brown or black, and the abdomen often shows a degree of transverse stripes. They may mimic parasitic wasps in appearance and habits. The wings are often dusky and the second abdominal segment may be translucent. A well-developed inner projection of the second antennal segment is characteristic for the majority of Ptecticus species.[3] Their larvae are broad, flat and segmented maggots, which may be found in fermenting fruit. As of 2000, 40 species were known from the Oriental region alone.[3] There are at least 150 described species in Ptecticus worldwide.[4][1][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ptecticus Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ Picker, M.; et al. (2002). Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-77007-061-5.
  3. ^ a b Rozkosny, Rudolf; Kovac, Damir (2000). "A Revision of the Ptecticus tenebrifer species group (Insecta: Diptera: Stratiomyidae)" (PDF). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 48 (1): 103–110. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Ptecticus Genus Information". Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  5. ^ "Ptecticus Overview". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  6. ^ "Browse Ptecticus". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-03-06.

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