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Containing group: Stratiomyinae


Larvae of Oxycera tend to be rheophilous; they live in moss in fast flowing water or hygropetric habitats (Rozkošný 1998). Oxycera leonina is terrestrial (Woodley 2001). Oxycera is present worldwide except for Australia and Central and South America. The genus is most diverse in Asia, with more than 15 species found in both Africa and Europe. Only 7 species are found in North America. 8 species are shared between Europe, N. Africa, Middle east and the Caucasus. Oxycera turcica is native to Turkey (Woodley 2001).


Oxycera is distinguished from other Nearctic Oxycerini by the short antenna with a preapical arista (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 Oxycera adusta
Location Madagascar: Bekily Reg. sud de d'ile
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Lindner
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Collection Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Type Holotype
Collector A. Seyrig
Source Oxycera adusta
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