SYSTEMATICS OF FLIES OF AGRICULTURAL IMPORTANCE
Submitted to: Manual of Central American Diptera
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 15, 2007
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Citation: Woodley, N.E., Mcalpine, D. 2010. Heleomyzidae. In: Brown, B.V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J.M., Wood, D.M., Woodley, N.E., Zumbado, M.A., editors. Manual of Central American Diptera. Ontario, Canada: NRC Research Press. p. 1159-1164.
Interpretive Summary: Species of fungus scavenger flies are beneficial to agriculture in that the larvae help to decompose plant material, although one species is known to attack living truffles and is a minor pest. The information contained in this publication summarizes the taxonomy of fungus scavenger flies that occur in Mexico and Central America, providing a comprehensive identification key and a summary of known classification and biological information. A chapter in a comprehensive manual on the flies of Central America, this work will enable scientists, quarantine workers (such as APHIS PPQ), and others concerned with flies to identify these insects.
The Central American fauna of the family Heleomyzidae is reviewed at the generic level, based on literature and original research. A key to the 12 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 of the group.