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

Family Coelopidae - Kelp Flies

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Sciomyzoidea
Family Coelopidae (Kelp Flies)
Explanation of Names
Coelopidae Hendel 1910
2 genera in N. America, 35 spp. in 14 genera total(1)
3.7-9 mm
coastal wrack zone
exclusively decaying kelp
Internet References
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.