Submitted to: Manual of Central American Diptera
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 29, 2003
Publication Date: June 30, 2009
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2009. Scenopinidae (window flies). In: Brown, B.V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J.M., Wood, D.M., Woodley, N.E. & Zumbado, M. editors. Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa, Canada: National Research Council Research Press. p. 573-576.
Interpretive Summary: Window flies (family Scenopinidae) are a group of small, predaceous flies that prey on larvae of various other insects, including skin beetles (Dermestidae) and bark beetles (Scolytidae). The information contained in this publication summarizes the taxonomy of the taxa that occur south of the United States at the generic level with emphasis on those found in Central America. A chapter in a manual of the flies of Central America, this work will enable quarantine workers, veterinarians, and others concerned with flies to identify these insects.
The family Scenopinidae (window flies) is reviewed at the generic level for Central America, based on literature reviews and original research. A key to all Neotropical genera is presented, extensively modified from existing keys which don't work well. A synopsis of knowledge of the family is presented as well as short treatises on each of the four Central American genera.