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 Note that 23 subgenera are also included and unpublished generic names are not included.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 23 records.
Aireina Frey, 1934 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Arthriticopus Enderlein, 1914 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Holcocephala
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Bromleyus Hardy, 1944 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Chalcidimorpha Westwood, 1835 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Damalina Doleschall, 1858 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Damalis Fabricius, 1805 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Chalcidimorpha, Icariomima, Lasiodamalis, Lophurodamalis, Protodamalis, Xenomyza, and Zygocolon
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Discocephala Macquart, 1838 homonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: homonym, replaced by Holcocephala
taxonomy: preoccupied, replaced by Holcocephala
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Haplopogon Engel, 1930 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Holcocephala Jaennicke, 1867 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Arthriticopus
taxonomy: replacement name for Discocephala
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Icariomima Enderlein, 1914 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Lasiodamalis Hermann, 1926 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Lophurodamalis Hermann, 1926 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Margaritola Hull, 1958 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Rhipidocephala
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Meliponomima Artigas and Papavero, 1989 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Orrhodops Hull, 1958 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Paroxynoton Janssens, 1953 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Rhipidocephala
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Protodamalis Hull, 1962 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Rhipidocephala Hermann, 1926 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: senior synonym of Margaritola and Paroxynoton
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Seabramyia Carrera, 1960 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Tanatchivia Hradsky, 1983 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: unplaced (not studied by Dikow 2009); subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Trigonomima Enderlein, 1914 valid
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Trigonomimini; subtribe: unplaced
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Xenomyza Wiedemann, 1817 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced
Zygocolon Hull, 1962 synonym
subfamily: Trigonomiminae
tribe: Xenomyzini; subtribe: unplaced
synonymy: junior synonym of Damalis
classification sensu world catalog by Geller-Grimm (2004)
subfamily: Trigonomiminae; tribe: unplaced