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Paul L.Th. Beuk and Volkert S. van der Goot Version date: 01-01-2002 01:00

Diagnosis. Medium-sized (7.5-10 mm) flies, body with many short erect setae. Head with small antennae; arista arising anterodorsally. Wings large and broad, membrane often with markings. Abdomen in male narrow, in female broadened. Generally reminiscent of Rhagionidae, in which family the Athericidae were often included, although they appear to be more closely related to Tabanidae.

Biology. Adults are usually found in vegetation near streams. Adults are thought to drink honeydew or water, but blood-sucking in this family has been recorded (non-indigenous Suragina Walker). Eggs are deposited on foliage or other structures overhanging streams (bridges). Females may aggregate for oviposition so that large clumps of eggs can be formed. Hatched larvae drop into the water where they develop. Pupation takes place in soil along streams.

General references. Van der Goot (1985c [general, key]), Mol & Elemans (1988 [larvae]), Rozkošný & Nagatomi (1997b [general, key to genera]), Stuckenberg (1973 [general, systematics]), Webb (1981 [general]).

References to the local fauna. Van der Goot (1985c), Mol (1984), Mol & Elemans (1988), Theowald (1952c, 1953).

How to quote this page: Beuk, P.L.Th., & V.S. van der Goot, 2001. Family Athericidae. In: Beuk, P.L.Th. (Ed.): Checklist of the Diptera of the Netherlands, https://diptera-info.nl/news.php?fam=Athericidae (date accessed: 27/01/2022).

NL: 3 UK: 3 D: 3 B: 3 World: 85
  Atherix Meigen, 1803
  ibis (Fabricius, 1798)
  marginata (Fabricius, 1781)
  Atrichops Verrall, 1909
  crassipes (Meigen, 1820)

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