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Containing group: Pachygastrinae


Eidalimus is a genus of soldier flies with two representatives in the USA and Canada, four species in Mexico and Central America, one species in Brazil, and one in Argentina (Woodley 2001). A discussion of the Nearctic Eidalimus species can be found in James (1965).


Eidalimus can be distinguished from other Nearctic Pachygastrinae by the following characteristics: Antenna inserted below middle of head in lateral view; scutellum moderately convex above, with wide posterior rim; sides of scutum with flattened hairs; R4 and R5 separate (James 1981).


James, M.T. 1965. Contributions to our knowledge of the Nearctic Pachygasterinae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Ann. Entom. soc. Am. 58: 902-908

James, M. T. 1981. Chapter 36: Stratiomyidae. Manual of Nearctic Diptera. 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 Eidalimus insularum
Location Mexico; Tres Marias Islands; Maria MAdre I. Arroyo Hondo
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By James
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage Adult
View Dorsal
Collection California Academy of Sciences
Type Holotype
Collector H.H. Keifer
Source Eidalimus insularum
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