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Containing group: Clitellariinae


Many species of Cyphomyia are large and colorful, and several have a distinctive habitus of a pure white, bare head with a blue body. Some species have been observed to hover in the fashion of flies in the family Syrphidae. The larvae, where known, live in decaying organic matter such as rotting cacti (Woodley 2001). Eight species of Cyphomyia are found in East Asia, one, C. pubiventris, is found in South Africa, one, C. marshalli, is found on the Solomon Islands, several species are found in the Southwestern U.S., and the rest are endemic to the Neotropical Region (Woodley 2001).


Cyphomyia is distinguished from other Nearctic Clitellariinae by the presence of crossvein m-cu, the large, apical scutellar spines, and the antennae not stylate in shape (James 1981).


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

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

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Scientific Name Cyphomyia sulcifrons
Location Mexico; La Buena Ventura, Vera Cruz
Identified By C. H. Curran
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Collection American Museum of Natural History, New York
Source Cyphomyia sulcifrons
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