Catalog of fossil Diptera of the world (Version 2.0) - Neal L. Evenhuis

Homepage / Checklist of families




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.





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].




This page last revised 27 January 2014