Rhagio mystaceus

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Rhagio mystaceus
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Scientific classification
R. mystaceus
Binomial name
Rhagio mystaceus
(Macquart, 1840)[1]
  • Leptis mystaceus Macquart, 1840[2]

Rhagio mystaceus, also known as the down-looker fly, downlooker snipefly[3] and common snipe fly,[4][5][6] is a species of flies from the family Rhagionidae.[7]


Rhagio mystaceus has an overall dark colour, with males growing to 7–9 mm, and females reaching 6–8 mm. The thorax has three dark dorsal stripes. Normally, the center stripe has a very thin, pale line running down the middle. On the abdomen, there are yellowish rings at the posterior of the segments. However, the basal segment on some specimens are mostly yellowish and have a black dorsal and lateral spot.[8]

The wing are patterned with dark tips.[9]

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  1. ^ "Essig Museum of Entomology Collections". Essigdb.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ "Rhagio mystaceus | Atlas of Living Australia". Bie.ala.org.au. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  3. ^ "Snipe Fly - Rhagio mystaceus". Cirrusimage.com. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  4. ^ "ADW: Rhagio mystaceus: Classification". Animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  5. ^ "Species Rhagio mystaceus - Common Snipe Fly". BugGuide.Net. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  6. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Rhagio mystaceus". Itis.gov. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  7. ^ "University of Wisconsin-Insect Research Collection - Family Rhagionidae". Entomology.wisc.edu. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  8. ^ "Rhagio mystaceus, Snipe Fly, Family Rhagionidae". Insectsofwestvirginia.net. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  9. ^ "Rhagio mystaceus, Snipe Fly, Family Rhagionidae". Insectsofwestvirginia.net. Retrieved 2012-01-25.

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