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 Note that 23 subgenera are also included and unpublished generic names are not included.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 47 records.
Afroholopogon Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Agrostomyia Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Antiscylaticus Londt, 2010 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: (published after 2004)
Austrosaropogon Hardy, 1934 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Brachyrhopalini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Dasypogonini
Blacodes Loew, 1874 homonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Cophura
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Cophura
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Blax Loew, 1871 homonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Cophura
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Cophura
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Brachyrhopala Macquart, 1847 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Brachyrhopalini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Brachyrhopalini
Buckellia Curran, 1925 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Cophura
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Cabasa Walker, 1851 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Brachyrhopalini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Dasypogonini
Ceraturgopsis Johnson, 1903 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Ceraturgini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Ceraturgus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Ceraturgus Wiedemann, 1824 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Ceraturgini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Ceraturgopsis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Ceraturgini
Chrysopogon Roeder, 1881 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Chrysopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Chrysopogonini
Codula Macquart, 1850 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Chrysopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Cophura Osten Sacken, 1887 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Buckellia
taxonomy: replacement name for Blax, Blacodes, and Loewiella
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Cycloscerus Bezzi, 1926 subgenus
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Cyrtopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Cyrtopogon Loew, 1847 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Euarmostus and Philammosius
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Dasycyrton Philippi, 1865 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Dasyholopogon Martin, 1959 subgenus
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Holopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Euarmostus Walker, 1851 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Cyrtopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Habropogon Loew, 1847 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Dactiliscus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Hermannomyia Oldroyd, 1980 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: replacement name for Hermannella
taxonomy: replacement name for Hermannella
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Heteropogon Loew, 1847 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Holopogon Loew, 1847 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Pseudoholopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Hynirhynchus Lindner, 1955 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Irwinomyia Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Ischiolobos Londt, 2005 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: (published after 2004)
Isopogon Loew, 1847 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Leptarthrus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Leptarthrus Stephens, 1829 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Isopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Loewiella Williston, 1896 homonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Cophura
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Cophura
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Macroetra Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Metapogon Coquillett, 1904 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Microphontes Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Nannocyrtopogon Wilcox and Martin, 1936 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Ceraturgini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Nicocles Jaennicke, 1867 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: replacement name for Pygostolus
taxonomy: replacement name for Pygostolus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Dasypogoninae; tribe: Isopogonini
Oxynoton Janssens, 1951 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Pacificocesa Koçak and Kemal, 2008 subgenus
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Brachyrhopalini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Brachyrhopala
taxonomy: replacement name for Vespina
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: (published after 2004); tribe: (published after 2004)
Palamopogon Bezzi, 1927 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: replacement name for Eupalamus
taxonomy: replacement name for Eupalamus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Pedomyia Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Philammosius Rondani, 1856 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: Cyrtopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Cyrtopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini
Pseudoholopogon Stobl, 1898 synonym
subfamily: Brachyrhopalinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Holopogon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Cyrtopogonini

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