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Genus Graphomya

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Muscoidea
Family Muscidae (House Flies and kin)
Subfamily Mydaeinae
Genus Graphomya
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
North American Graphomya were formerly considered G. maculata. Arntfield (1975) determined that there were nine species, none of them the European maculata.
Explanation of Names
Graphomya Robineau-Desvoidy 1830
Numbers
Arntfield (1975) found nine species in North America, but Vikhrev (2011) suggested that they may be merely variations of the widespread G. maculata
Identification
Black and pale striped thorax (not visible from all angles), vein M curving forward to nearly meet vein R4+5.
Range
worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, most diverse in Oriental & Afrotropical regions(1); widespread in our area, including arctic
Habitat
adults mainly anthophilous(1); Larvae are semiaquatic and predacious.
See Also
Sarcophaginae is superficially similar, generally with a more strongly marked abdomen
Print References
Arntfield, P.W. (1975) A revision of Graphomya Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Muscidae) from North America. Canadian Entomologist 107:257-302.
Vikhrev N.E. (2011) Notes on synonymy of two species of the genus Graphomya Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (Diptera, Muscidae). Far Eastern Entomologist 231:5-12 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Manual of Central American Diptera
Brian V. Brown et al. 2009. NRC Research Press.