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Species Pogonortalis doclea - Boatman Fly

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Platystomatidae (Signal Flies)
Genus Pogonortalis
Species doclea (Boatman Fly)
Explanation of Names
Pogonortalis doclea Walker 1849
"Boatman Fly" comes from the way they wave their wings, like oars on a rowboat
native to Australia, introduced into California
Adults are attracted to mammalian dung
The males wave wings in display and engage in head-to-head combat