deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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 Note that 23 subgenera are also included and unpublished generic names are not included.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 42 records.
Afroscleropogon Londt, 1999 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Anasillomos Londt, 1983 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Ancylorhynchus Berthold in Latreille, 1827 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Elasmocera, Xiphocera
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Bana Londt, 1992 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Boropis Hull, 1962 subgenus
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Plesiommatini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: subgenus of Plesiomma
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: unplaced; tribe: unplaced
Cacodaemon Schiner, 1866 homonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Prolepsis
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Prolepsis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Cacodaemonides Strand, 1928 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Prolepsis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Connomyia Londt, 1992 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Corymyia Londt, 1994 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Creolestes Hull, 1962 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Danomyia Londt, 1993 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Daspletis Loew, 1859 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Neodysmachus
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Dioctobroma Hull, 1962 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
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
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
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
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
Enigmomorphus Hermann, 1912 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
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
Fishermyia Londt, 2012 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: (published after 2004)
Gonioscelis Schiner, 1866 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Haroldia Londt, 1999 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Megapollyon Walker, 1854 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Microstylum
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Microstylum Macquart, 1838 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Megapollyon and Mimoscolia
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Mimoscolia Enderlein, 1914 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Microstylum
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Neodysmachus Ricardo, 1925 synonym
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Daspletis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Ontomyia Dikow and Londt, 2000 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Oratostylum Ricardo, 1925 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Ospriocerus Loew, 1866 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Plesiomma Macquart, 1838 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Plesiommatini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Dolichodes
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Plesiommatini
Prolepsis Walker, 1851 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Enigmomorphini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Cacodaemonides, Dizonias, Sphageus, and Tolmerolestes
taxonomy: replacement name for Cacodaemon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Enigmomorphini
Pycnomerinx Hull, 1962 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Remotomyia Londt, 1983 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (studied after 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Rhacholaemus Hermann, 1907 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: unplaced
Scleropogon Loew, 1866 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Scylaticus Loew, 1858 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: unplaced (included by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini
Sphageus 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
Stenopogon Loew, 1847 valid
subfamily: Stenopogoninae
tribe: Stenopogonini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Stenopogoninae; tribe: Stenopogonini

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