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Title: Dacochile Microsoma Poinar & Brown, a Bruchomyiine Psychodid (Diptera: Psychodidae)

item Woodley, Norman

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 7, 2005
Publication Date: June 28, 2005
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2005. Dacochile microsoma Poinar & Brown, a Bruchomyiine psychodid (Diptera: Psychodidae). Zootaxa. 1012:53-60

Interpretive Summary: Moth flies contain numerous biting pests, mainly in tropical regions, that cause serious human diseases such as leishmaniasis. Treatments costing millions of dollars annually are incurred as well as human suffering and death. This paper discusses a fossil moth fly that was erroneously placed in another family. This research is of interest to fly taxonomists as well as persons interested in fly evolution.

Technical Abstract: A review of the characters used by Poinar & Brown (2004) to place their new fossil fly from Burmese amber, Dacochile microsoma, in the family Tanyderidae conclusively demonstrates that the fly actually belongs to the subfamily Bruchomyiinae in the family Psychodidae.

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