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

Family Ropalomeridae

bizarre sap flow fly - Rhytidops floridensis - male dorsal - Rhytidops floridensis - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Ropalomeridae
Explanation of Names
Ropalomeridae Schiner 1868
Numbers
33 spp. in 8 genera total(1); a single sp. is found in the US
Range
restricted to the New World
Habitat
Larvae in rotten wood, sap, resin, etc.(2)
Works Cited
1.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.
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.