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FAMILY ASILIDAE
Mark P. van Veen Version date: 05-11-2018 12:58

Neoitamus cyanurus Loew, 1849 with prey (Lucilia spec.)
Diagnosis. Rather small to large (6-25 mm) flies. Head with large eyes; ocelli implanted on an elevation between the compound eyes; many species with distinct facial knob, covered with dense hairs; mouthparts chitinised, forming a cylindrical puncturing instrument for prey capture. Wings with a fully developed venation and a distinct discal cell. Thorax large. Legs strong. Abdomen coniform. Larvae are cylindrical, moving with the aid of setae.

Biology. The flies are visual predators and mostly catch insects in flight. Prey size varies considerably, from less than one tenth to somewhat larger than their own body size. Most species prefer dry habitats on sandy soils, either in woods or in open vegetation. Few prefer humid environments, like herbal vegetation on peat and clay. The larvae are predatory and mostly live in the soil. Larvae of the subfamily Laphriinae live in decaying wood.

General references. R. van den Broek (2018 [Tolmerus]), Engel (1925-1930 [key]), Van der Goot (1985c [key]), Hull (1962 [classification]), Lehr (1988 [catalogue]), Majer (1997c [general, key to genera]), Melin (1923 [biology]), Van Veen (1996 [key, biology]), Weinberg & Bächli (1995 [key]), Wood (1981 [general]).

References to the local fauna. Van Aartsen (1992b), R. van den Broek (2018), De Bree et al. (2014a), Van der Goot (1961a, 1985c), Ketelaar (1990), De Meijere (1928a, 1939b), Reemer (1999b), Speight (1988), Tomasovic (1994), Van Veen (1984, 1996), Van Veen & Van Aartsen (2002).
 
Remarks. Additional information. Internet: http://www.geller-grimm.de/asilidae.htm, http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/

How to quote this page: Veen, M.P. van, 2018. Family Asilidae. In: Beuk, P.L.Th. (Ed.): Checklist of the Diptera of the Netherlands, https://diptera-info.nl/news.php?fam=Asilidae (date accessed: 01/03/2021).

NL: 42 UK: 45 D: 41 B: 29 World: 6440
 
ASILIDAE
 
LEPTOGASTRINAE
                 
  Leptogaster Meigen, 1803
  cylindrica (De Geer, 1776)
  guttiventris Zetterstedt, 1842
  subtilis Loew, 1847 N; added as gallica by Tomasovic (1994: 346
  = gallica Janssens, 1957 Note 1
 
STENOPOGONINAE
                 
  Dioctria Meigen, 1803
  atricapilla Meigen, 1804
  bicincta Meigen, 1820
  cothurnata Meigen, 1820
  = reinhardi Meigen, 1820
  hyalipennis (Fabricius, 1794)
  = flavipes Meigen, 1804
  = baumhaueri Meigen, 1820
  lateralis Meigen, 1804
  linearis (Fabricius, 1781) N; omitted by De Meijere (1939b Note 2
  longicornis Meigen, 1820
  oelandica (Linnaeus, 1758)
  rufipes (De Geer, 1776)
  sudetica Duda, 1940 N; added by Van der Goot (1985c: 51
                 
  Lasiopogon Loew, 1847
  cinctus (Fabricius, 1781)
                 
  Stichopogon Loew, 1847
  elegantulus (Wiedemann, 1820) N; added by Van Veen & Van Aartsen (2002: 77
 
DASYPOGONINAE
                 
  Molobratia Hull, 1958
  teutonus (Linnaeus, 1767)
 
LAPHRIINAE
                 
  Choerades Walker, 1851
  fulva (Meigen, 1804) N; added by Van Aartsen (1992b: 120
  gilva (Linnaeus, 1758)
  ignea (Meigen, 1820) N; added by De Bree at al. (2014a: 47
  marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)
  = dioctriaeformis (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Laphria Meigen, 1803
  flava (Linnaeus, 1761)
 
ASILINAE
                 
  Antipalus Loew, 1849
  varipes (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Asilus Linnaeus, 1758
  crabroniformis Linnaeus, 1758
                 
  Didysmachus Lehr, 1996
  picipes (Meigen, 1820) Note 3
                 
  Dysmachus Loew, 1860
  trigonus (Meigen, 1804)
                 
  Erax Scopoli, 1763
  punctipennis Meigen, 1820
  = punctatus (Meigen, 1804): misident. sensu auct.
                 
  Eutolmus Loew, 1848
  rufibarbis (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Machimus Loew, 1849
  arthriticus (Zeller, 1840) Note 4
  rusticus (Meigen, 1820) Note 4
                 
  Neoepitriptus Lehr, 1992
  setosulus (Zeller, 1840) Note 5
                 
  Neoitamus Osten Sacken, 1878
  cothurnatus (Meigen, 1820)
  cyanurus (Loew, 1849)
  socius (Loew, 1871) N; added by Ketelaar (1990: 99
                 
  Neomochtherus Osten Sacken, 1878
  pallipes (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Pamponerus Loew, 1849
  germanicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
                 
  Paritamus Verrall, 1909
  geniculatus (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Philonicus Loew, 1849
  albiceps (Meigen, 1820)
                 
  Rhadiurgus Loew, 1849
  variabilis (Zetterstedt, 1838)
                 
  Tolmerus Loew, 1849 Note 6
  = Epitriptus Loew, 1849
  atricapillus (Fallén, 1814) Note 4
  calceatus (Meigen, 1820) added by R. van den Broek et al. (2018: 252
  cingulatus (Fabricius, 1781) Note 4
  cowini (Hobby, 1946) N; added by Speight (1988: 16 Note 4
 
Notes
Note 1 Synonymised by Van Veen (1996: 55).
Note 2 Recorded until De Meijere (1928a: 22, 54); again added by Van der Goot (1961a: 25).
Note 3 Still listed under Dysmachus by Van Veen (2002a).
Note 4 Systematic placement following Geller-Grimm (2013).
Note 5 Still listed under Machimus (Epitriptus) by Van Veen (2002a).
Note 6 Use as valid genus following Lehr (1996) and Geller-Grimm (2013).
 
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