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Rhagio mystaceus.jpg
Rhagio mystaceus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Superfamily: Rhagionoidea
Family: Rhagionidae
Subfamily: Rhagioninae
Genus: Rhagio
Fabricius, 1775
Type species
Musca scolopacea

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Rhagio is a worldwide genus of predatory snipe flies. Several species in this genus are referred to as downlooker or down-looker flies because they sometimes perch on trees trunks in a head-down position. There are approximately 170 species. They can be distinguished from other rhagionids by the open anal cell on the wings and the lack of a kidney-shaped arista.[1]


Rhagio sp.

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  1. ^ Stubbs, A. & Drake, M. (2001). British Soldierflies and Their Allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 512 pp. ISBN 1-899935-04-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Yang, D., et al. (1997). The Rhagionidae of China (Diptera).[permanent dead link] South Pacific Study 17(2) 113-262.
  3. ^ a b c Nagatomi, A. and H. Nagatomi. (1990). Three new Rhagio from the Ryukyus (Iriomote I.) and Borneo (Diptera, Rhagionidae). South Pacific Study 11(1), 37-49.