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Superfamily Hippoboscoidea

Icosta louse fly on Owl  - Icosta Icosta americana, a hippoboscid ectoparasite of avian raptors Utah Hippoboscid - Pseudolynchia canariensis Louse Fly Cleg fly - Lipoptena Cleg fly - Lipoptena Hippoboscid Fly Trichobius sphaeronotus (Diptera: Streblidae)
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Hippoboscoidea
No consensus on family-level classification among experts: apart from the monophyletic Afrotropical Glossinidae (tse-tse flies), the remainder of this group is either divided into 3 families by some(1), or considered to be a single family by others [e.g.(2)(3)]
Works Cited
1.Molecular phylogenetic analysis of nycteribiid and streblid bat flies (Diptera: Brachycera, Calyptratae): ...
K. Dittmar, M.L. Porter, S. Murray, M.F. Whiting. 2006. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38: 155–170.
2.The phylogeny and evolution of host choice in the Hippoboscoidea (Diptera) as reconstructed using four molecular markers
F.T. Petersen, R. Meier, S.N. Kutty, B.M. Wiegmann. 2007. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45: 111–122.
3.Molecular phylogeny of the Calyptratae (Diptera: Cyclorrhapha)...
S.N. Kutty, T. Pape, B.M. Wiegmann, R. Meier. 2010. Systematic Entomology 35: 614–635.