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Genus Pseudotephritis

brown-winged dark fly - Pseudotephritis vau - female Rotting tree dweller 23 (fly) - Pseudotephritis vau Picture-winged Fly - Pseudotephritis vau - female small fly-neat wings-red eyes - Pseudotephritis vau - male Picture-winged Fly - Pseudotephritis corticalis - female Pennsylvania Fly for ID - Pseudotephritis vau fly munching on squirrel dropping - Pseudotephritis vau - male 11Sep2008.ecotone.BT.Dip2 - Pseudotephritis vau
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Ulidiidae (Picture-winged Flies)
Subfamily Otitinae
Tribe Myennidini
Genus Pseudotephritis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The genus is rather heterogeneous because of the inclusion of P. corticalis that shares numerous characters with Callopistromyia. None of these characters is clearly a synapomorphy, but P. corticalis is a likely sister group of the whole Oedopa group of genera. We retain corticalis in Pseudotephritis provisionally.(1)
Explanation of Names
Pseudotephritis Johnson 1902
3 spp. in our area, 4 total(1)
body 3.5-5.5 mm(1)
Key to species in(1)
holarctic (2 spp. are nearctic, one holarctic and one palaearctic)(1)
May-Nov in NC(2)
Works Cited
1.Myennidini, a new tribe of the subfamily Otitinae (Diptera: Ulidiidae), with discussion of the suprageneric classification...
Kameneva E., Korneyev V. 2006. Isr. J. Entomol. 35-36: 497-586.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.