British Insects: the Families of Diptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Acartophthalmidae

Formerly referred to Clusiidae.

Adult insects. Very small (about 2 mm long); winged. Antennae 3 segmented; ‘modified’; aristate; the arista dorsal (dorsal, or at least sub-apical, and very short). The second antennal segment not grooved. Ptilinal suture clearly defined. Post-vertical orbital bristles present; strong and divergent. Mouthparts functional. The maxillary palps 1 segmented; porrect. Vibrissae absent. Thorax without a continuous dorsal suture; without well defined posterior calli. Wing venation complete, in the sense of exhibiting 1st and 2nd basal, anal and discal cells. Wings with a discal cell (large); without a sub-apical cell; with a closed anal cell. The anal cell short (distally convex). The costa with one break (near the humeral cross vein). Sub-costa apparent; reaching the costa independently of vein 1. Wing vein 4 extending far beyond the end of the first basal cell. Wing vein 6 present; falling short of the wing margin. Wings with the lower calypter much reduced or absent. Hind tibiae without strong bristles in the basal 4/5.

Larvae and pupae. The larvae acephalic. The pupae enclosed within a puparium.

Comments. Blackish flies.

Classification. Suborder Brachycera; Division Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae; Superfamily Opomyzoidea.

British representation. 2 species in Britain. Genera 1; Acartophthalmus.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Diptera. Version: 1st January 2012. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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