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 Note that 23 subgenera are also included and unpublished generic names are not included.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 27 records.
Acronyches Williston, 1908 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Acronychini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Megonyx
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Acronychini
Ammophilomima Enderlein, 1914 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Lagynogaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Apachekolos Martin, 1957 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Beameromyia Martin, 1957 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Brazilogaster Özdikmen, 2010 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Systologaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Cesagaster Koçak and Kemal, 2009 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Systologaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Cretagaster Dikow and Grimaldi, 2014 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: (published after 2004)
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
Eurhabdus Aldrich, 1923 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Euscelidia Westwood, 1850 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Dolichoscius
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Gonypes Latreille, 1805 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Leptogaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Lagynogaster Hermann, 1917 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Ammophilomima
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Lasiocnemus Loew, 1851 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Leptogaster Meigen, 1803 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Leptopteromyia Williston, 1907 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Lobus Martin, 1972 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Megonyx Hull, 1962 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Acronychini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Acronyches
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Acronychini
Mesoleptogaster Frey, 1937 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Nanilobus Martin, 1972 subgenus
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Lobus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Ophionomima Enderlein, 1914 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Psilonyx Aldrich, 1923 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Schildia Aldrich, 1923 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Shannomyioleptus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Shannomyioleptus Carrera, 1944 synonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Schildia
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Sinopsilonyx Hsia, 1949 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Systellogaster Hermann, 1926 homonym
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Systologaster
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Systologaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Systologaster Papavero, 2009 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Brazilogaster and Cesagaster
taxonomy: replacement name for Systellogaster
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced
Tipulogaster Cockerell, 1913 valid
subfamily: Leptogastrinae
tribe: Leptogastrini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Leptogastrinae; tribe: unplaced