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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: A Catalog of the World Xylomyidae (Insecta: Diptera)

item Woodley, Norman

Submitted to: Myia
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/21/2002
Publication Date: 8/31/2011
Citation: Woodley, N.E. 2011. A Catalog of the World Xylomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia. 12:417-453.

Interpretive Summary: Many species of xylomyid flies (family Xylomyidae) are beneficial to agriculture in that the larvae help to decompose plant material. The information contained in this publication provides an exhaustive summary of the taxonomic literature, bringing up-to-date the nomenclature and classification of this family, and presenting known geographic ranges for each of the 132 species in the family. It is part of the project Biosystematic Database of Flies of the World. This publication will be extremely valuable to other scientists as well as regulatory personnel charged with keeping pest insects out of the U.S. because it is a compendium of basic data on the entire family.

Technical Abstract: The world fauna of Xylomyidae is cataloged, which includes 4 valid genera and 132 species. A phylogenetic analysis is presented which is then formalized in a classification of the family that is used to arrange the catalog. Full taxonomic citations, synonymy and geographic distribution data are presented for each species. New synonymies and new combinations are documented, and all literature has been rechecked and accurately dated.

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