Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 8, 2004
Publication Date: June 30, 2009
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2009. Mydidae (mydas 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. 567-571.
Interpretive Summary: Flies are very abundant and diverse and many of them are pests. Mydid flies (family Mydidae) are poorly known, but their predaceous larvae may help control insect pests including other flies. The information contained in this publication summarizes the taxonomy of the species that occur in Mexico and Central America. 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.
The family Mydidae is reviewed at the generic level for Central America, based on literature reviews and original research. A key to the 8 genera that occur in Mexico and Central America is given. A synopsis of knowledge of the family is presented as well as identification aids, figures, and a summary of biology.