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Mydas flies

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Containing group: Brachycera

Other Names for Mydidae


Bequaert, M. 1963. Contribution a la connaissance morphologique et a la classification des Mydaidae (Diptera). Bull. Inst. Roy. Sciences Natur. Belg. 37:1-18.

Irwin, M. E., and B. M. Wiegmann. 2001. A review of the southern African genus Tongamya (Diptera: Asiloidea: Mydidae: Megascelinae), with a molecular assessment of the phylogenetic placement of Tongamya and the Megascelinae. Afr. Invert. 42:225-253.

Oosterbroek, P. 1998. 41. Mydidae. In P. Oosterbroek: The families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago. Brill: Boston. p. 95.

Papavero, N. and J. Wilcox 1974. Studies of Mydidae (Diptera) Systematics and Evolution. I. A preliminary classification in subfamilies, with the descriptions of two new genera from the Oriental and Australian regions. Arqu. Zool. 25:1-34.

Peterson, B. V. 1981. 41. Apioceridae. Manual Nearct. Dipt. 1:541-548.

Wilcox, J. and N. Papavero. 1971. The American genera of Mydidae (Diptera), with the description of three new genera and two new species. Arqu. Zool. 21:41-119.

Wilcox, J. 1981. 40. Mydidae. Manual Nearct. Dipt. 1:533-540.

Yeates, D. K. and M. E. Irwin. 1996. Apioceridae (Insecta: Diptera): cladistic reappraisal and biogeography. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 116:247-301.

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Scientific Name Miltinus stenogaster
Location Western Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Miltinus stenogaster
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Scientific Name Mydidae
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