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Stinkfliege Coenomyia ferruginea male.jpg
Coenomyia ferruginea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Xylophagomorpha
Superfamily: Xylophagoidea
Family: Xylophagidae


Coenomyia ferruginea

The Brachyceran infraorder Xylophagomorpha is a small group that consists solely of the family Xylophagidae, which presently contains subfamilies that were sometimes considered to be two small related families (Coenomyiidae and Rachiceridae). Other obsolete names for members of this family include Exeretonevridae and Heterostomidae.

The family is known by the English name awl-flies.

The larvae are often predatory, consuming other insect larvae living in rotting wood.[1]


Flies in this family have elongated bodies and resemble ichneumon wasps in shape. The base of the abdomen is constricted. The antennae have three segments.[1]

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These nine genera belong to the family Xylophagidae:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[3] g = GBIF,[4] b = Bugguide.net[5]


  1. ^ a b Watson, L. and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Xylophagidae. Archived June 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. British Insects: The Families of Diptera. Version 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Xylophagidae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Browse Xylophagidae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  4. ^ "GBIF". Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Xylophagidae Family Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 

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