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Jeff Skevington
Containing group: Pipunculinae


The six species of Amazunculus are only known from the Amazon basin in South America.


These large flies are the only pipunculids that have the basal third of the wing shaded dark brown. The hind tarsi are also distinctively flattened.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

A tribal phylogeny of the Eudorylini (Skevington and Yeates, 2001) includes two Amazunculus exemplars (A. besti and A. platypodus).


Galinkin, J. & J. A. Rafael. 2008. Revisão do gênero neotropical Amazunculus Rafael (Diptera: Pipunculidae) com descrição de três novas espécies e chave de identificação. Acta Amazonica 38(3): 517-524.

Rafael, J. A. 1986. Amazunculus, a new genus of pipunculid from the Amazon basin (Diptera, Pipunculidae). Amazoniana 10:15-19.

Rafael, J. A., and M. S. S. Rosa. 1991. Pipunculidae (Diptera) da Estação Ecológica de Maracá e da localidade de Pacaraima, Roraima, Brasil. Acta Amazonica 21:337-350.

Skevington, J. H., and D. K. Yeates. 2001. Phylogenetic classification of Eudorylini (Diptera: Pipunculidae). Systematic Entomology 26:421-452.

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