Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 8, 2004
Publication Date: June 30, 2009
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2009. Xylomyidae (xylomyid flies). In: Brown, B.V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J.M., Wood, D.M., Woodley, N.E. and Zumbado, M., editors. Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa, Canada: National Research Council Research Press. p. 517-519. Interpretive Summary: Xylomyid flies (family Xylomyidae) are beneficial to agriculture in that the larvae help to decompose plant material. They are also occasionally found in tropical tuber crops. The information contained in this publication summarizes all that is known about this group of flies that occur south of the United States with emphasis on those found in Central America. As a chapter in a comprehensive manual of the flies of Central America, this work will enable scientists, quarantine workers, veterinarians, and others concerned with flies to identify these insects.
Technical Abstract: The family Xylomyidae is reviewed at the generic level for Central America, based on literature reviews and original research. A key to all Neotropical genera is presented which is based on new research. A synopsis of knowledge of the family is presented as well as short treatises on each of the 3 Central American genera.