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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
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Family Oreogetonidae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Oreogetonidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
treated as part of Empididae in(1)
Explanation of Names
Oreogetonidae Chvála 1976
Numbers
a single genus with 3 spp. in our area, 36 spp. total(2)
Identification
Adults:
Head variously shaped, often with large eyes and elongated proboscis, antennae with 3 or fewer segments and usually a stylus or arista (absent in Allanthalia), antennae with indistinctly 4-segmented arista-like stylus
Thorax with bristes mostly limited to notopleural and scutellar areas, lateratoergite with a group of setae
Legs various, sometimes modified, in females sometimes with flattened setae, basal segments of some tarsi in some males, tibiae never with true apical spur, but fixed spur may be present, empodia usually setiform, pulvilliform only in Clinocerinae, pulvilli usually present, mid coxal prong absent
Wings present or reduced, with rounded apex and radiating wing venation, veins at least in posterior half not setose, distinct bristle present at the base of C, C extending around wing, Sc joining C, Rs originating well distal to level of crossvein h, crossvein r-m distal to basal fourth of wing, CuA2 recurved and confluent with underside of cell cup, cell cup never attaining wing margin, rarely with vein A1 reaching wing margin, but if so, Sc incomplete or cell cup obtuse or rounded at apex, Anal lobe usually well-developed, alular sinus angular, and small alula usually present
Abdomen more or less elongate but sometimes short
Works Cited
1.The morphology, higher level phylogeny and classification of the Empidoidea (Diptera)
Sinclair, B.J. & Cumming, J.M. 2006. Zootaxa, Vol. 1180 (Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand).
2.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.