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Lonchopterids, commonly called spear-winged flies, are a small but widely distributed family of flies comprised of approximately 35 species worldwide. Adults of extant forms are found in shady, humid and/or semiaquatic habitats. Immature stages are found in detritus in moist conditions. Grimaldi & Cumming (1999) described two species in two genera from the Lower Cretaceous ambers of Lebanon. Rohdendorf (1962: 340) recorded undetermined material of the genus Lonchoptera (as “Musidora”) from Baltic amber, although Peterson (1987) appears to question this record.
Genus LONCHOPTERA Meigen
MUSIDORA Meigen, 1800: 30. Suppressed by I.C.Z.N. (1963: 339).
*LONCHOPTERA Meigen, 1803: 272. Type species: Lonchoptera lutea Panzer, 1809, by subsequent monotypy in Panzer (1809: 20).
Unidentified sp. - PA: Baltic Region (Eocene) [A] (Rohdendorf, 1962: 340).
Genus LONCHOPTERITES Grimaldi & Cumming
LONCHOPTERITES Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999: 82. Type species: Lonchopterites prisca Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999, by original designation.
prisca Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999: 82. PA: Jordan (Lower Cretaceous) [A].
Genus LONCHOPTEROMORPHA Grimaldi & Cumming
LONCHOPTEROMORPHA Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999: 93. Type species: Lonchopteromorpha asetocella Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999, by original designation.
asetocella Grimaldi & Cumming, 1999: 93. PA: Jordan (Lower Cretaceous) [A].