The Hippoboscidae, also known as keds or louse flies, are primarily tropical to subtropical in distribution and are comprised of about 200 species in over 20 genera. Adults of all living species are blood-sucking ectoparasites of birds and non-chiropteran mammals. Females are larviparous. Larvae usually fall to the ground where they pupate.
This catalog records only one fossil species of this family, Ornithomyia rottensis Statz, from the Oligocene Braunkohle of Rott, Germany.
*ORNITHOMYA Latreille, 1802: 466. Type species: Hippobosca avicularia Linnaeus, 1758, by monotypy.
rottensis Statz, 1940: 154 (Ornithoponus). PA:
Germany (Oligocene) [C].