Rhagio tringarius

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Superfamily: Tabanoidea
Family: Rhagionidae

Rhagio tringarius

Rhagionidae or snipe flies are a small family of flies containing 21 genera.


Rhagionidae are medium-sized or large flies with slender bodies and stilt-like legs. The mouthparts are adapted for piercing and many species are haematophagous as adults, while others are predatory on other insects. They are typically brown and yellow flies, and lack bristles. The larvae are also predatory and are mostly terrestrial, although some are aquatic.
Snipe flies in the genus Rhagio are sometimes called "down-looker" flies after their habit of perching head-downward on tree trunks.


The family is contained in Brachycera infraorder Tabanomorpha. Atherix Meigen (and related genera) and Vermileo Macquart (and related genera) are now separated from Rhagionidae as Athericidae Stuckenberg 1973 and Vermileonidae Nagatomi 1977.

Alloleptis Nagotomi & Saigusa in Nagatomi, 1982 - Sulawesi
Arthroceras Williston, 1886 - Nearctic, Palearctic
Arthroteles Bezzi, 1926 - Afrotropic
Atherimorpha White, 1914 - Australasia, Neotropic, Afrotropic
Austroleptis Hardy, 1914 - Australasia, Neotropic
Bolbomyia Loew, 1850 - Nearctic
Chrysopilus Macquart, 1826 - Nearctic, Palearctic, Afrotropic, Neotropic, Oriental
Desmomyia Brunetti, 1912 - Palearctic, Oriental.
Litoleptis Chillcott, 1963 - Nearctic, Oriental, Neotropic
Omphalophora Becker, 1900 - Palearctic, Nearctic.
Ptiolina Staeger in Zetterstedt, 1842 - Nearctic, Palearctic
Rhagio Fabricius, 1775 - Nearctic, Palearctic
Schizella Bezzi, 1926 - Philippines
Solomomyia Nagatomi, 1982 - Solomon Islands
Spania Meigen, 1830 - Nearctic, Palearctic
Spaniopsis Senior-White, 1914 - Australasia
Spatulina Szil?dy, 1934 - Palearctic
Stylospania Frey, 1954 - Philippines
Symphoromyia Frauenfeld, 1867 - Nearctic, Palearctic

More info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhagionidae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhagio
10/07/2012 - 13:50Pentaxfriend
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Link Posted 10/07/2012 - 18:08
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Link Posted 18/07/2012 - 21:01
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