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Containing group: Nemotelinae


All known Nemotelus larvae are aquatic. Nemotelus notatus from Europe lives in coastal saline habitats (Rozkošný 1998). Nemotelus is known from the New World, Africa, and the Palaearctic region (Woodley 2001). The described diversity is highest in the Palaearctic region, and there are likely many undescribed species elsewhere. 


Flies in the genus Nemotelus are distinguished by their faces, which elongated into cones. They are generally black with white or yellow markings (James 1981).


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

Rozkošný, R. 1998. Chapter 24. Family Stratiomyidae. Manual Palaearct. Dipt. 2: 387-411.

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 Nemotelus albifacies
Location Israel; Hazeva Arava Valley
Comments Holotype of synonym Nemotelus theodori
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Collection National Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Collector Kugler
Source Nemotelus (Nemotelus) albifacies
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