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Genus Leucophenga

Vinegar Fly - Leucophenga varia Fly - Leucophenga varia Fly - Leucophenga varia Fly - Leucophenga varia fly - Leucophenga varia fly - Leucophenga varia Vinegar Fly - Leucophenga varia Unknown Fly - Leucophenga varia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Drosophilidae (Vinegar Flies)
Subfamily Steganinae
Genus Leucophenga
Explanation of Names
Leucophenga Mik 1886
Seven species in our area(1), about 190 described species worldwide.
This genus has distinct abdominal pigmentation patterns.
Six species keyed in(2), except L. neovaria (South Florida, Caribbean, South/Central America; here)
cosmopolitan, very diverse in the tropics(2), widespread in our area(1)
L. varia and L. maculata are fairly widespread in the east, with the rest being western(2)
Live and breed in fungus(2)
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.The Drosophilidae of the Nearctic region, exclusive of the genus Drosophila
Wheeler, M. R. 1952. Univ. Tex. Publs 5204: 162-218.