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Keith Bayless
Containing group: Stratiomyidae


Chiromyzinae is an unusual group of soldier flies as the larvae are predominantly phytophagous, with many species feeding on the roots of grasses (James 1981; Oosterbroek 1998). Two species of Inopus are agricultural pests. Tana paulseni is a pest of wheat, rye grass, and pasture in Chile (Woodley 2001).

Chiromyzinae are native to the Neotropical and Australasian regions (Woodley 2001).


Chiromyzinae are distinguished by their reduced mouthparts; the proboscis is tiny, vestigial, or absent, and the palpi are "button-like" (James 1981).


James, M.T. 1981. 36. Stratiomyidae. Manual Nearct. Dipt. 1: 497-511.

Oosterbroek, P. 1998. 33. Stratiomyidae (Soldier Flies). In P. Oosterbroek: The families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago. Brill: Boston. pp. 88-89.

Woodley, N. E. 2001. A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia 11: 1-473. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.

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