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Solva marginata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Stratiomyomorpha
Superfamily: Stratiomyoidea
Family: Xylomyidae

Xylomyidae is a family of flies known commonly as the wood soldier flies. They are xylophagous and are associated with dead or dying wood.[1]


Figure 82 Wing venation of Xylomyia maculata

For terms see Morphology of Diptera.

These flies are 4 to 14 millimeters long. Their coloration is variable. They have spurs on the mid and hind tibiae. The antennae are conical.[2]


As of 2011 there were 138 described species in four genera.[2] These include:

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 Xylomyidae subfamily Xylomyinae of Stratiomyidae in older works




  1. ^ Stubbs, Alan E.; Drake, Martin (2001). British Soldierflies and their allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. London: British Entomological and Natural History Society. pp. 528 pages. ISBN 1-899935-04-5. 
  2. ^ a b Fachin, D. A. and Amorim, D. D. S. (2014). Taxonomic revision of the Neotropical genus Arthropeina Lindner, 1949 (Diptera: Xylomyidae). Zootaxa 3827(2) 231-57.
  3. ^ a b c d "Fauna Europaea : Taxon Details". Faunaeur.org. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  4. ^ a b c "Fauna Europaea : Taxon Details". Faunaeur.org. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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