Welcome to the web version of the "Catalogue of the fossil flies of the world (Insecta: Diptera)"

By Neal L. Evenhuis




Originally published 29 July 1994 by Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, this catalog recorded over 3,100 species of fossil flies throughout the world.Since then, there have been a number of publications that have made it necessary to publish an updated version of the catalog. This web version is intended to present the most up-to-date version of each family chapter of the catalog and will be continually updated as published information becomes available. In order to ensure that the information here is current, please send reprints or photocopies of your published articles dealing with fossil Diptera to me at the following address:
				Dr. Neal L. Evenhuis
				Bishop Museum
				1525 Bernice Street
				Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, USA

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Various family chapters of this on-line version are currently in preparation and will appear on the web soon. The list below indicates those that are currently available for viewing. Bookmark this page and keep returning for more updated versions and more family chapters available on the web. The family order and classification used here follows the standards for families for the Biosystematic Database of World Diptera, currently in preparation under the coordination of F. Christian Thompson.


Contents:
Introduction

Fossils and Preservation
Taphonomy
Major Workers and Collections
Localities and Ages
Compression, Impression, and Trace Fossils
Copal
Amber
Permineralization
References for Localities and Ages
Catalogue Format
Nomenclatural Notes


The Catalogue (extinct families indicated by an astersik [*]) Numbers of species and genera (the latter in parentheses) are indicated after each family name. Dates of last update are in square brackets:

ORDER PROTODIPTERA

Permotanyderidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Permotipulidae* 2(2) [29 July 1994]


ORDER DIPTERA
NEMATOCERA
Tipulomorpha
Diplopolyneuridae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Tipulodictyidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Eopolyneuridae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Musidoromimidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Tipulidae 100 (8) [18 December 1996]
Limoniidae 325 (79) [17 November 2001]
Grauvogeliidae* [in preparation]
Nadipteridae* [in preparation]
Cylindrotomidae 13 (2) [29 July 1994]
Trichoceridae 14 (5) [29 July 1994]

Psychodomorpha
Psychodidae 52 (18) [29 July 1994]

Ptychopteromorpha
Tanyderidae 6 (3) [29 July 1994]
Gracilitipulidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Zhangobiidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Nymphomyiidae 2 (1) [23 November 1996]
Ptychopteridae 5 (4) [29 July 1994]
Ansorgiidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Eoptychopteridae* 45 (9) [24 July 2004]
Tanyderophrynidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Culicomorpha
Dixidae 12 (4) [17 November 2001]
Corethrellidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Chaoboridae 31 (14) (including Dixamimidae and Rhaetomyiidae) [17 November 2001]
Asiochaoboridae* 4 (4) [29 July 1994]
Culicidae 31 (15) [9 November 1996]
Thaumaleidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Simuliidae 13 (7) [29 July 1994]
Ceratopogonidae 234 (45) [17 November 2001]
Architendipedidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Serendipidae* 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Protendipedidae* 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Mesophantasmatidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Chironomidae 170 (54) [17 November 2001]
Sinotendipedidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Luanpingitidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Blephariceromorpha
Blephariceridae 3 (2) [29 July 1994]

Bibionomorpha
Pleciofungivoridae* 66 (18) [29 July 1994]
Archizelmiridae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Antefungivoridae* 41 (9) [29 July 1994]
Tipulopleciidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Paraxymyiidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Pleciodictyidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Eopleciidae* 6 (6) [29 July 1994]
Protopleciidae (including Paleopleciidae and Protoligoneuridae)* 37 (15) [11 March 1997]
Protobibionidae* 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Parapleciidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Procramptonomyiidae* 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Elliidae* 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Pachyneuridae (including Cramptonomyiidae) [in preparation]
Bibionidae 344 (12) [29 July 1994]
Boholdoyidae* 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Mesosciophilidae* 9 (5) [29 July 1994]
Vladipteridae* [in preparation]
Ditomyiidae 4 (3) [29 July 1994]
Eoditomyiidae* [in preparation]
Diadocidiidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Keroplatidae 45 (14) [29 July 1994]
Bolitophilidae 4 (2) [29 July 1994]
Lygistorrhinidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Mycetophilidae 285 (68) [17 November 2001]
Eomycetophilidae* [in preparation]
Sciaridae 142 (14) [8 December 1996]
Cecidomyiidae 78 (44) [17 November 2001]
Perissommatidae 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Protorhyphidae* 12 (5) [29 July 1994]
Limnorhyphidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Siberhyphidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Anisopodidae 35 (11) [29 July 1994]
Oligophrynidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]* [previously treated within Anisopodidae]
Hennigmatidae* [in preparation]
Crosaphididae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Protoscatopsidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Scatopsidae 15 (5) [29 July 1994]
Canthyloscelididae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]

Unplaced
Unplaced Nematocera 22 (17) [29 September 1996]

BRACHYCERA
Xylophagomorpha

Xylophagidae (including Rachiceridae) 8 (7) [29 July 1994]
Eomyiidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Tabanomorpha
Alinkidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Athericidae 4 (3) [29 July 1994]
Tabanidae 14 (7) [29 July 1994]
Unplaced Tabanoidea* [in preparation] 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Rhagionidae 51 (24) [29 July 1994]
Vermileonidae [including Protobrachyceridae] 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Eostratiomyiidae* 1 (1) [17 November 2001]

Stratiomyomorpha
Xylomyidae 4 (3) [29 July 1994]
Archisargidae 10 (3) [9 June 1997]
Stratiomyidae 24 (18) [17 November 2001]

Nemestrinoidea
Acroceridae 6 (6) [29 July 1994]
Nemestrinidae 14 (9) [29 July 1994]

Asiloidea
Eremochaetidae* 4 (4) [9 June 1997]
Mydidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Protomphralidae* 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Therevidae 11 (6) [29 July 1994]
Scenopinidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Asilidae 51 (27) [29 July 1994]
Bombyliidae 52 (33) [2 March 1997]
Mythicomyiidae 14 (9) [17 October 2002]

Empidoidea
Protempididae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Rhagionempididae* 6 (5) [29 July 1994]
Empididae 136 (52) [29 July 1994]
Dolichopodidae 93 (26) [29 July 1994]

CYCLORRHAPHA
Aschiza

Lonchopteridae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Platypezidae 9 (7) [29 July 1994]
Sciadoceridae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Ironomyiidae 24 (4) [4 May 1997]
Phoridae 74 (22) [29 July 1994]
Pipunculidae 8 (6) [29 July 1994]
Syrphidae 100 (38) [29 July 1994]

Calyptratae
Anthomyiidae 1 (1) [24 November 1996]
Eophlebomyiidae* 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Scathophagidae 5 (3) [29 July 1994]
Muscidae 7 (6) [29 July 1994]
Fanniidae - (-) [29 July 1994]
Calliphoridae 3 (3) [29 July 1994]
Glossinidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Oestridae 7 (6) [17 November 2001]
Sarcophagidae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Tachinidae 10 (8) [29 July 1994]
Hippoboscidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

ACALYPTRATAE
Nerioidea

Cypselosomatidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Micropezidae 5 (4) [11 May 1997]
Pseudopomyzidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Megamerinidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Conopoidea
Conopidae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]

Diopsoidea
Psilidae (including Proneottiophilidae) 3 (3) [29 July 1994]
Diopsidae 5 (2) [4 May 1997]

Tephritoidea
Ulidiidae (including Otitidae) 4 (3) [29 July 1994]
Platystomatidae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Pyrgotidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Richardiidae 3 (3) [29 July 1994]
Tephritidae 6 (6) [29 July 1994]
Pallopteridae 5 (4) [29 July 1994]
Piophilidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Lauxanioidea
Lauxaniidae 6 (3) [29 July 1994]
Chamaemyiidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Sciomyzoidea
Dryomyzidae 4 (3) [29 July 1994]
Sciomyzidae 13 (6) [29 July 1994]
Sepsidae 5 (3) [29 July 1994]

Opomyzoidea
Opomyzidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Clusiidae 3 (2) [29 July 1994]
Acartophthalmidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Odiniidae 2 (2) [12 May 1997]
Agromyzidae 20 (10) [17 November 2001]
Anthomyzidae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]
Aulacigastridae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Periscelididae 7 (3) [29 July 1994]
Asteiidae 4 (3) [11 May 1997]
Neurochaetidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]

Carnoidea
Milichiidae 4 (2) [29 July 1994]
Carnidae 2 (2) [9 June 1997]
Chloropidae 7 (4) [29 July 1994]
Tethinidae - (-) [29 July 1994]
Cryptochetidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]

Sphaeroceroidea
Chyromyidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Heleomyzidae 16 (8) [29 July 1994]
Sphaeroceridae 2 (2) [29 July 1994]

Ephydroidea
Camillidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Curtonotidae 1 (1) [29 July 1994]
Drosophilidae 13 (8) [29 July 1994]
Diastatidae 2 (1) [29 July 1994]
Ephydridae 5 (4) [17 November 2001]

Unplaced
Unplaced Brachycera 20 (2) [9 June 1997]
Unplaced to Family 23 (14) [29 July 1994]


Taxa Previously Removed from the Diptera
Families of Diptera not yet Recorded from the Fossil Record

Literature Cited

Appendix: Checklist of Minimum Ages of Fossils of Families


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This page last revised 24 July 2004