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Genus Leptocera

Small fly - Leptocera Fly - Leptocera Small black fly on a flower - Leptocera Sphaerocerid - Leptocera erythrocera small brown fly with red antenna knobs - Leptocera fulva Leptocera lesser dung fly - Leptocera Fly - Leptocera
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Sphaeroceridae (Lesser Dung Flies)
Subfamily Limosininae
Genus Leptocera
Numbers
13 species in our area. (1)

Nearctic species: (1)
caenosa group
Leptocera caenosa (Rondani, 1880) - Cosmopolitan
Leptocera erratica Buck, 2009 - California, as well as Argentina, Australia, South Africa
Leptocera erythrocera (Becker, 1920) - most of North & South America, Hawaii
Leptocera sphaerotheca Buck, 2009 - AZ & TX to Panama
fontinalis group
Leptocera angulispina Buck, 2009 - Alaska & Yukon
Leptocera finalis (Collin, 1956) - northern Canada & Alaska; northern Palaearctic
Leptocera fontinalis (Fallen, 1826) - Eastern Canada into NE USA (NH); western & central Palaearctic
Leptocera kanata Buck, 2009 - northern Nearctic, transcontinental
Leptocera neofinalis Buck, 2009 - northern Nearctic, transcontinental
Leptocera neovomerata Buck, 2009 - western North America (AK-YT to WY-NM)
Leptocera parafinalis Papp, 1973 - western North America (AK-NU to AB-CO), Mongolia
Leptocera tenuispina Buck, 2009 - central BC
fulva group
Leptocera fulva (Malloch, 1912) - southern Florida; northern Mexico to Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil
Identification
The scutellum has 3 pairs of long bristles (plus one tiny one). This excludes almost all other Limosininae.
Range
Found worldwide, well represented in North & South America. (1)

Includes a cosmopolitan, synanthropic species (L. caenosa)
Remarks
Flies of this genus are among the most ubiquitous Sphaeroceridae in North America. Unlike other genera they rarely show up on dung.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Revision of New World Leptocera Olivier (Diptera, Sphaeroceridae)
Buck, M. and S.A. Marshall. 2009. Zootaxa 2039: 1-139.