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wingless fly - Aptilotus

wingless fly - Aptilotus
frog pond, Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
February 2, 2011
Size: ~ 3 mm
Tiny wingless fly... I thought it was a spider when I collected it. Found in a rock pile.

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wingless fly - Aptilotus wingless fly - Aptilotus

Moved from ID Request.

looks more like a Sphaeroceri
looks more like a Sphaerocerid with the short hind metatarsus...

this was also my first impression. According to MND(1) there is only one brachypterous/apterous genus - Aptilotus - known.

so long,

Steve Marshall just confirmed
Steve Marshall just confirmed that it is Aptilotus! Great ID and great pic of a very special fly...

Phoridae, i suppose
many apterous forms among them

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