deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Asiloid Flies
deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Sample of Asiloid Flies

Provided here are web-based identification keys to Apioceridae, Asilidae, and Mydidae taxa, which have either been adapted from previously published keys and converted for web-based dissemination or the keys are more recent and developed specifically for web-based dissemination.
The software Lucid Phoenix is used to import paper-based keys or to create web-based dichotomous keys. Some of the previously published keys are illustrated with original drawings from the publication, added images, or links to respective web-sites with images. Multi-access, matrix-based identification keys are developed with Lucid Builder (version 3.5).

In order to use the keys, a reasonably fast internet connection is needed, Java has to be enabled in your browser, and a Java runtime version of 1.4.2 or greater is required.

Mydini (Wilcox, Papavero, and Pimentel 1989)

Taxon coverage: Mydidae: Mydinae: Baliomydas, Chrysomydas, Ceriomydas, Gauromydas, Mapinguari, Mydas, Protomydas, Stratiomydas, Utinga (9 genera with 54 species)
Geographical coverage: : New World
Type of key:
dichotomous (powered by Lucid Phoenix)

Mydas ventralis couplets shortened
- The key to the females of the Mydas interruptus group is not included. Mydas floridensis can only be keyed out using the originally published key.
- keys to Baliomydas & Ceriomydas from Papavero and Wilcox 1971.
- Baliomydas tricolor not included as no specimens had been studied.
- Ceriomydas vespoides is not in the original key by Wilcox and Papavero 1971, but Ceriomydas darlingtoni is found twice so that T. Dikow resolved the key based on the included descriptions.