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Genus Cryptochetum

diptera: cryptochetidae - from Alameda, California - Cryptochetum iceryae diptera: cryptochetidae - from Alameda, California - Cryptochetum iceryae Mystery fly - acalyptrate?  Maybe a chloropid? - Cryptochetum iceryae Mystery fly - acalyptrate?  Maybe a chloropid? - Cryptochetum iceryae Mystery fly - acalyptrate?  Maybe a chloropid? - Cryptochetum iceryae Mystery fly - acalyptrate?  Maybe a chloropid? - Cryptochetum iceryae small fly - Cryptochetum iceryae small fly - Cryptochetum iceryae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Cryptochetidae (Scale Parasite Flies)
Genus Cryptochetum
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cryptochetum Rondani 1875
The name has also been spelled Cryptochoetum (by Rondani himself) and Cryptochaetum (frequently).
Explanation of Names
'hidden hair' (refers to the reduced/absent arista)
Numbers
A single (introduced) species in our area, ~30 spp. total
Range
Native to Old World, with most species in tropical Africa and only three in Europe.
Food
hosts: giant scale insects (Monophlebidae)