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Scuttle Fly - Aenigmatias - female

Scuttle Fly - Aenigmatias - Female
Edmundston, Madawaska County, New Brunswick, Canada
July 23, 2016
Size: 1,6mm
Could someone identify this insect, very small.. 1.6mm

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Scuttle Fly - Aenigmatias - female Scuttle Fly - Aenigmatias - female Scuttle Fly - Aenigmatias - female

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Great find. The genus is distinctive as the sole member of the subfamily Aenigmatiinae.

 
not really
Hi. This an adult female Aenigmatias. Depending on your classification, the Aenigmatiinae is no longer considered a natural group. See Brown, B., Amorim, D. & Kung, G. (2015) New morphological characters for classifying Phoridae (Diptera) from the structure of the thorax. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173, 424-485.

 
Thanks so much Edward..
Thanks so much Edward..

It's an enigma
Reminds me of Aenigmatias.

 
Yes, .. Aenigmatias this is e
Yes, .. Aenigmatias this is exactly what it is. Is that an immature or an adult?

 
Adult
Adult. The lateral photo of the head looks like Phoridae even in the thumbnail size. The rest of the body is weird.

 
Should I move it to Phoridae?
Should I move it to Phoridae?

 
So this is a wingless Scuttle
So this is a wingless Scuttle fly.. Thanks so much John..

Just a WAG
But could this be Cryptostemmatidae? I'm basing that on body size and the structure of the antennae. I can't make out the mouthparts or whether the bulbous structures are actually the eyes.

 
You can see on this other pho
You can see on this other photo that the eyes are just above or behind that bulbous structure which are part of the antennae. Cannot remember which family or genus would have this kind of scale structure.

 
Retraction
I think I'm going to have to retract my guess. I have no idea what this critter might be. Can you tell us what type of mouthparts it has?

 
Thanks Brady..
Thanks Brady..