deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

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Asiloid Flies
deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Sample of Asiloid Flies

Asilidae generic classification sensu Dikow 2009

The comprehensive cladistic study by Dikow (2009) proposes a revised, phylogenetic classification of Asilidae into 14 subfamily taxa. This phylogenetic study is based on a sample of 158 species from 140 genera representing all 11 previously recognized subfamily taxa (Hull 1962, Papavero 1973, Geller-Grimm 2004) and 39 of the 42 tribal taxa.

Only 140 out of 537 Asilidae genera (Geller-Grimm 2004) were included at the time in this phylogenetic analysis. However, all genera classified by Geller-Grimm (2004) in Apocleinae + Asilinae (174 genera, 29 included in Dikow (2009)), Dioctriinae (11, 6 included), Laphriinae + Laphystiinae (109, 27 included), Leptogastrinae (18, 5 included), Ommatiinae (8, 4 included plus Afroestricus), Stichopogoninae (11, 4 included), and Trigonomiminae (11, 4 included) can easily be placed within the revised classification as all of these taxa have been diagnosed sufficiently to evaluate whether the remaining unstudied genera are representatives of these monophyletic taxa.

Fifty-nine genera of Dasypogoninae and Stenopogoninae sensu previous authors were included in Dikow (2009) so that only 127 genera of these two taxa remained to be addressed in future phylogenetic analyses and placed within the higher-level taxa recognized in this revised classification. With the placement of the Afrotropical genera (Londt and Dikow in the Manual of Afrotropical Diptera) only 98 genera remain to be placed in this phylogenetic classification.

Below is a list of 556 valid Asilidae genera (plus 136 synonyms, 57 homonyms, and 5 nomina nuda) based on the world-catalog of Geller-Grimm (2004) with the addition of genera described since then. Note that 23 subgenera are also included and unpublished generic names are not included.

Last update: 2016-11-14.

Displaying 776 records.
Discodamalis Karsch, 1887 synonym
subfamily: Stichopogoninae
tribe: Stichopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Stichopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stichopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Dissmeryngodes Hermann, 1912 valid
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Catonomyia and Centrolaphria
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Atomosiaria
Dizonias Loew, 1866 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Prolepsis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Dogonia Oldroyd, 1970 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Dolichodes Macquart, 1838 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Plesiommatini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Plesiomma
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Plesiommatini
Dolichoscius Janssens, 1953 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Euscelidia
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Dolopus Daniels, 1987 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Doryclus Jaennicke, 1867 synonym
subfamily: Dasypogoninae
tribe: Megapodini; subtribe: Megapodina
synonymy: junior synonym of Pseudorus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Megapodini
Dysclytus Loew, 1858 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Apocleinae; tribe: unplaced
Dyseris Loew, 1858 synonym
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Laxenecera
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Laphriini
Dysmachus Loew, 1860 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Dystolmus Lehr, 1996 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Eccoptopus Loew, 1860 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Coelopus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Eccritosia Schiner, 1866 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Apocleinae; tribe: unplaced
Echinitropis Martin, 1975 subgenus
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Polacantha
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Echinopogon Bezzi, 1910 synonym
subfamily: Stichopogoninae
tribe: Stichopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Stichopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stichopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Echthistus Loew, 1849 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Echthodopa Loew, 1866 valid
subfamily: Dioctriinae
tribe: Echthodopini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dioctriinae; tribe: Echthodopini
Eclipsis Bezzi, 1908 subgenus
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Microstylum
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Efferia Coquillet, 1893 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Apocleinae; tribe: Efferia group
Eicherax Bigot, 1857 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Neoeristicus
taxonomy: replacement name for Eristicus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Apocleinae; tribe: unplaced
Eichoichemus Bigot, 1857 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Proctophorus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Apocleinae; tribe: unplaced
Ekkentronomyia Ibáñez-Bernal and Fisher, 2015 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
taxonomy: replacement name for Nyssomyia
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: (published after 2004)
Elaeotoma Costa, 1863 synonym
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: Andrenosomatini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Andrenosoma
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Andrenosomatini
Elasmocera Rondani, 1846 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Ancylorhynchus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Emphysomera Schiner, 1866 valid
subfamily: Ommatiinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Ommatiinae; tribe: unplaced
Empodiodes Oldroyd, 1972 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Enagaedium Engel, 1930 subgenus
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: Apocleini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Promachus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Engelepogon Lehr, 1992 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: replacement name for Acanthopleura
taxonomy: replacement name for Acanthopleura
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Enigmomorphus Hermann, 1912 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Eopaphroditus Hull, 1962 homonym
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Epaphroditus
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Epaphroditus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Eosenoprosopis Hull, 1957 subgenus
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Senoprosopis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Epaphroditus Hermann, 1912 valid
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: replacement name for Eopaphroditus
taxonomy: replacement name for Eopaphroditus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Atomosiaria
Epholkiolaphria Hermann, 1914 synonym
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: Laphriini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Choerades
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Laphriini
Epiblepharis Bezzi, 1908 subgenus
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Microstylum
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Epiklisis Becker, 1925 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Epilamyra Becker, 1913 synonym
subfamily: Laphriinae
tribe: Ctenotini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Ctenota
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Laphriinae; tribe: Ctenotini
Epipamponeurus Becker, 1919 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Epitriptus Loew, 1849 synonym
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Tolmerus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced
Erax Scopoli, 1763 valid
subfamily: Asilinae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Protophanes
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Asilinae; tribe: unplaced

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