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Genus Paralimna

ID for a little brown fly in mud? - Paralimna Fly-Ephydrinae? - Paralimna punctipennis shore fly, paralimna? - Paralimna Acalyptratae? Male? - Paralimna - male Unknown Fly - Paralimna punctipennis Paralimna? - Paralimna Muscid-like with striped abdomen - Paralimna punctipennis Spotted Dark Brown/White Fly - Paralimna punctipennis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Ephydridae (Shore Flies)
Subfamily Hydrelliinae
Genus Paralimna
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
From the Greek words for "near" and "lake".
8 spp. in our area, 2 of which are in subgenus Phaiosterna and 6 of which are in subgenus Paralimna(1)
Paralimna (Paralimna) are dull colored with round eyes and wide genae. Paralimna (Phaiosterna) are dark brown, frequently shiny, with elongate eyes and narrow genae.(1)(2)

Key to species in (1).
Found throughout the United States; aren't found in Canada(1)

Species present in our area:

Subgenus Paralimna:
P. adunca: TX
P. fellerae: FL
P. nigropicta: TX
P. punctipennis: Widespread; map here(1)
P. texana: West of the Great Plains; map here(1)
P. thomae: AZ, CA, Fl, TX

Subgenus P. Phaiosterna:
P. decipiens: Mainly coastal in our area; map here(1)
P. obscura: FL
Works Cited
1.A revision of the New World species of Paralimna Loew (Diptera: Ephydridae)
R. Ale-Rocha and W.N. Mathis. 2015. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 643.
2.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.