Asilidae


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Asilidae

[ə′sil·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The robber flies, a family of predatory, orthorrhaphous, dipteran insects in the series Brachycera.

Asilidae

 

(robber-flies), a family of insects of the order Diptera. The eyes are large, the proboscis is pointed, and the abdomen is long. Of the more than 4,700 known species, representatives of approximately 100 genera are found in the USSR, primarily in the steppes and deserts. The larvae live in the ground or in decaying wood, feeding on the larvae of other insects or on vegetation. The adults are predacious; they maintain the balance of nature by feeding on insects.

REFERENCE

Rikhter, V. A. Khischnye mukhi-ktyri (Diptera, Asilidae) Kavkaza. Leningrad, 1968.
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Dikow (2009)--Included Congomochtherus in a detailed phylogenetic study of Asilidae.
I acknowledge the assistance of the many conservation authorities that have issued collecting permits to me over the years I have been working on Afrotropical Asilidae.
Etymology: This genus is named for my much esteemed colleague Eric Fisher, whose knowledge of the Asilidae is legendary.
Dikow (2009a, b)--Undertook cladistical analyses on the Asilidae in which he included specimens identified as Ancylorhynchus fulvicollis.
Etymology: Named after Dr Vincent Whitehead, who, while working at the South African Museum, collected a number of interesting Asilidae, including the holotype of this distinctive species.
Dikow (2009b)--Combined morphological and DNA sequencing data derived from many asilid species representing a number of genera, including Acnephalum, in an attempt to elucidate the phylogeny of the Asilidae.
Daspletis Loew, 1858 is a genus of stenopogonine Asilidae confined to the southern parts of the Afrotropical Region, and although there were only seven described species at the outset of the present study, the taxonomic history of this small but interesting genus is fairly complicated and justifies the following brief summary.
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Ross who has collected many interesting and valuable Asilidae on his various African expeditions.
These include species of Asilidae, Anthocoridae, Reduviidae, Phymatidae, Eucharitidae and Thomisidae.