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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Apioceridae

Apiocera - male Fly in the Mojave - Apiocera Apiocera from Zayante Sand Hills - Apiocera - male Robber Fly - Apiocera - female Apiocera wilcoxi? - Apiocera - female Apio from mouth of Nine-Mile Canyon - Apiocera - female Apiocera? - Apiocera - male Robber Fly mimic - Apiocera - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Apioceridae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Apioceridae Bigot 1857
A single genus in the family, with 65 spp. in our area(2) and ~150 spp. worldwide(3)(4)
Vertex shallowly depressed between eye and ocellar tubercle, eyes large bare, usually dichoptic in both sexes, ocelli well developed, frons wider in female, antennae inserted close together near middle of eye, pedicel short and globular, bearing long fine setae or bristles or both, flagellum enlarged, rather ovoid, with 3-4 flagellomeres, often as long as or longer than basal 2 segments combined, densely punctate, with small apical 2 segmented arista or minute spine, face short, bare or sparsely setose, palpus well developed, at most with 2 segments, proboscis held horizontally, at least as long as head
Postpronotum small, with setae, notopleura with row of bristles, supra alar and post alar setose, sometimes with dorsocentral setae, scutellum short and broad, sometimes with marginal setae, mediotergite bare, anatergite sometimes finely setose, katatergite sometimes with lobe, anepisternum and katepisternum often finely setose, anepimeron usually bare, katepimeron bare
Tibia with spurs, pulvilli usually present, empodia setiform or absent
Wing membrane hyaline or tinged, C continuing around wing, Sc extending over half wing length, R2+3 ending at R1, also R4-M2 sometimes, curving to wing margin before wing apex, branches of M peculiarly curved forward, at least M1 ending freely in wing margin before apex, M3 sometimes absent, usually joining with CuA1 forming cell M3, CuA2 joined by A1 apically or meeting at margin of wing, arculus developed, cell d usually well developed, alula usually well developed, calypters moderately large
The Americas, so. Africa, Borneo, and Sri Lanka(3); in our area, sw. US (one sp. ranges wider to BC-ID)(5)
Print References
Yeates, D. K. and M. E. Irwin. (1996) Apioceridae (Insecta: Diptera): cladistic reappraisal and biogeography. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 116:247-301.