Mythicomyiidae -- a/o cat.

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Family MYTHICOMYIIDAE

By Neal L. Evenhuis

Treated as a subfamily of Bombyliidae in the original Australasian/Oceanian Diptera catalog, this group of flies, commonly called microbombyliids, were shown to be a separate family by Zaitzev (1991). Zaitzev has been followed in recent treatments (Evenhuis 1993b, 1994), based on the fact that they are the sister group to the remainder of the Bombyliidae s. str. and have a fossil record that is 200 million years older than the oldest bombyliid fossil.

Although only 6 species are listed in 5 genera in this catalog, the family is represented in these regions by a diverse array of genera and species, many of which are undescribed. Immatures are known as gregarious parasites of solitary bees (Mythicomyia Coquillett), predators of grasshopper egg pods (Psiloderoides), or are free-living and possible predators in the nests of Formica and other ants (Glabellula). Classification follows Greathead & Evenhuis (2001)

Subfamily PSILODEROIDINAE

Genus ACRIDOPHAGUS Evenhuis

CYRTOMORPHA White, 1916b: 185. Type species: Cyrtomorpha paganica White, 1916, mon. [Preocc. Graff, 1882.]
ROBERTSELLA Evenhuis, 1978b: 247 (n. n. for Cyrtomorpha). [Preocc. Guinot, 1969.]
ACRIDOPHAGUS Evenhuis, 1983c: 318 (n. n. for Robertsella).
CYRTOSIA, authors, not Perris, 1839, misid.
CYRTIMORPHA, error for Cyrtomorpha.
flaviscutellaris
Roberts, 1929: 566 (Cyrtomorpha). Australia (WA).
paganicus White, 1916b: 186 (Cyrtomorpha). Australia (Tas).
parvissimus Roberts, 1929: 567 (Cyrtosia). Australia (Qld).

Subfamily EMPIDIDEICINAE

Genus EMPIDIDEICUS Becker

EMPIDIDEICUS Becker, 1907: 97. type species: Empidideicus cathaginiensis Becker, 1907, mon.
Undetermined sp.-- Australia (WA) (N.L. Evenhuis, personal observation).

Subfamily MYTHICOMYIINAE

Genus MYTHICOMYIA Coquillett

MYTHICOMYIA Coquillett, 1893: 209. Type species:Mythicomyia rileyi Coquillett, 1893, mon.

Subgenus HETERHYBOS Brèthes

HETERHYBOS Brèthes, 1919: 40 (as gen.). Type species: Heterhybos hyalipennis Brèthes, 1919, orig. des.
Undetermined sp. — Fiji (N.L. Evenhuis, personal observation).


Subfamily GLABELLULINAE

Genus GLABELLULA Bezzi

PLATYGASTER Zetterstedt, 1838: 574. Type species: Platygaster arcticus Zetterstedt, 1838, mon. [Preocc. Latreille, 1809.]
SPHAEROGASTER Zetterstedt, 1842: 232 (n. n. for Platygaster). [Preocc. Sturm, 1826.]
GLABELLA Loew, 1873c: 210. Type species: Glabella femorata Loew, 1873, mon. [Preocc. Swainson, 1840.]
GLABELLULA Bezzi, 1902: 191 (n. n. for Platygaster ). Type species: Platygaster actica Zetterstedt, 1838, des. I.C.Z.N. 1989: 148.
PACHYNERES Greene, 1924: 62. Type species: Pachyneres crassicornis Greene, 1924, mon.
australis Malloch, 1924b: 205 (Pachyneres). Australia (NSW) [not Philippines]; Australia (ACT, Qld, Tas).



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