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Small-headed flies

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taxon links Not Monophyletic[down<--]Brachycera Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Brachycera

Other Names for Acroceridae


Oosterbroek, P. 1998. 34. Acroceridae. In P. Oosterbroek: The families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago. Brill: Boston. p. 90.

Schlinger, E. I. 1981. 43. Acroceridae. Manual of Nearc. Dipt. 1:575-584.

Schlinger, E. I. 1987. The biology of Acroceridae (Diptera): true endoparasitoids of spiders. In Nentwig, W. (ed.). Ecophysiology of Spiders. Springer Verlag, Berlin. pp. 39-327.

Winterton S. L., B. M. Wiegmann, and E. I. Schlinger. 2007. Phylogeny and Bayesian divergence time estimations of small-headed flies (Diptera: Acroceridae) using multiple molecular markers. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 43:808-832.

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Scientific Name Cyrtus gibbus
Location Languedoc, France
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Cyrtus gibbus
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2007 Nigel Jones
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Tree of Life Web Project. 2008. Acroceridae. Small-headed flies. Version 24 March 2008 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Acroceridae/10455/2008.03.24 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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