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"Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera)

Phanton Cranefly - Bittacomorpha clavipes Mosquito - Feeding Sequence - Aedes vexans - female Cranefly - Nephrotoma Moth Fly - Clogmia albipunctata Midge? - male March Fly - Penthetria heteroptera - male Dark-winged fungus gnat? small fly - Anarete - male Winter Crane Fly - Trichocera
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon "Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera)
Other Common Names
Long-horned Flies
Explanation of Names
Greek nemato 'thread' + ceras 'horn'(1)
The most distinctive identification feature is the antennae which have 6 or more segments. Most have long and slender antennae, which in some families can be highly plumose. Other families have short, thick antennae (eg. the march flies - Bibionidae). Most of the flies in this group have slender bodies and long, narrow wings.
This paraphyletic group contains the most "primitive" flies
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.