oa Annals of the Natal Museum - An illustrated identification key to the acalyptrate fly families (Diptera: Schizophora) occurring in southern Africa

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



An illustrated identification key is presented to the 47 families (including one undescriptionbed) in 11 superfamilies of acalyptrate Diptera, known to occur in southern Africa. Apterous and brachypterous species are largely excluded, although Braula Nitzsch (Braulidae) and Scutelliseta Richards (Sphaeroceridae) are identifiable by reference to the figures provided. Wherever possible, supplementary biological and diagnostic information is given in square parentheses at the end of each family exit, to help confirm identifications. The identification of Acalyptratae in southern Africa is discussed, and key characters defining the grouping are listed and illustrated. An alphabetical check-list of included superfamilies and families is given, with information about recent family additions to the regional fauna. A detailed, illustrated glossary is presented of key characters and other terms used in the text and the key.

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