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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha
Superfamily: Empidoidea
Family: Empididae
Subfamily: Trichopezinae

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Trichopezinae are a subfamily of empidoid flies. They are mainly predatory flies like most of their relatives, and generally small to medium-sized, long-legged and large-eyed.

Previously, they were included in the Clinocerinae or the Hemerodromiinae. In some more recent treatments, the Brachystomatinae are considered a distinct family, and the Trichopezinae are placed therein.[1] However, it is more likely that the Brachystomatinae are part of the Empididae, and that the Trichopezinae represent a separate lineage in the same family. The monophyly of the Trichopezinae versus its closest relatives is not firmly established; it seems likely that some changes will be necessary to make this subfamily a natural group.[2]

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  1. ^ Sinclair, Bradley J.; Cumming, J.M. (2006). "The morphology, higher-level phylogeny and classification of the Empidoidea (Diptera)" (PDF). Zootaxa. New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1180: 1–172. ISSN 1175-5334. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  2. ^ Moulton, J.K.; Wiegmann, B.M. (2007). "The phylogenetic relationships of flies in the superfamily Empidoidea (Insecta: Diptera).". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Print). Amsterdam: Elsevier BV. 43 (3): 701–713. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2007.02.029. ISSN 1055-7903. PMID 17468014. 
  3. ^ a b c Sinclair, Bradley J. (2008). "Review of three little-known monotypic empidoid genera (Diptera: Empidoidea: Brachystomatidae), assigned to Trichopezinae". Zootaxa (PDF). New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1754: 52–62. ISSN 1175-5334.