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Genus Stratiomys

Soldier fly - Stratiomys norma - female Stratiomys? - Stratiomys - female Soldier Fly - Stratiomys badia - female Stratiomys discalis - Stratiomys - male Stratiomys normula? - Stratiomys Fly 6420 - Stratiomys Soldier Fly - Stratiomys badia - male unknown fly - Stratiomys
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Infraorder Stratiomyomorpha
Family Stratiomyidae (Soldier flies)
Subfamily Stratiomyinae
Tribe Stratiomyini
Genus Stratiomys
Explanation of Names
Stratiomys Geoffroy 1762
Greek 'soldier fly'(1) (may refer to colors reminiscent of a military uniform)
31 spp. in our area(2), ~90 spp. total(3)
The shape of the antennae and the presence of two spines on the scutellum are two of the main characters for this genus.
Key to nearctic species in(4); key to California species in (5)
As in many groups in diptera: males are holoptic (eyes touching along middle of head); females have dichoptic (eyes widely separated along middle of head).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.A world catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera)
Woodley N.E. 2001. North American Dipterists' Society. Washington, DC. 475 pp.
4.A review of the Nearctic Stratiomyini (Diptera, Stratiomyidae)
M.T. James and G.C. Steyskal. 1952. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 45: 385-412.
5.The Soldier Flies or Stratiomyidae of California
James, M. T. 1960. University of California Press.
6.Bayless K. Stratiomyidae (in The Tree of Life Web Project)