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The Soldier Flies or Stratiomyidae of California
By James, M. T.
University of California Press, 1960
Cite: 138779 with citation markup [cite:138779]
Available from the Essig Museum web site at the link: The treatment is technical, but (with patience and perseverance) helpful for working on California Stratiomyidae. Some comments:
  • There are keys to California genera and species...but they are not complete as known and recognized by the author in 1960: e.g. the Euparyphus-Aocletus complex appears in couplet 16 of the key to genera, but is not discussed further; and the subfamily Pachygastrinae is not treated). Also, genus Odontomyia is treated under the name Eulalia.
  • The PDF linked to above is missing pages 119 and 120 (which apparently contain various figures/plates).
  • No (labelled) wing venation reference diagrams appear in the the general diagrams here and here may be helpful (as well as many more here).
  • Many range maps are included (some of them rotated in the PDF, a minor irritation).
PostScript (9/19/2020): A better scan (including the missing pages/plates) is available via an online book-viewer interface at the link below:

Does anybody have an original version of this document ?
It would be wonderful if the missing plates could be posted:
Plates 1 to 5 (p. 116(?) & p. 117) and
Plates 7 and 8 (p. 119 & p. 120).

Missing plates 7 & 8 now available online
HathiTrust has an online accessible version of this reference with the missing plates 7 & 8 from pp. 119-120...e.g. see link below:

Apparently "pp. 116-117" are the (unnumbered) pages preceding the first plate (i.e. Plate 5 on page 118) and (strangely) there are no "Plates 1-5" at the end of the book (note the book info summary on the 2nd page indicates "Pp. 79-121, plates 6-10, 19 maps").

Thanks, Aaron !

New link
The link to the document has changed.
For the new link click here.

Thanks Emile
...I corrected/updated the link to the document.

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