Checklist of Diptera of the Czech Republic and Slovakia
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Atelestidae Hennig, 1970

Milan Chvála

Department of Zoology, Charles University Prague, CZ-128 44 Praha 2, Czech Republic;

The family Atelestidae includes small greyish dusted species with body approximately 2.0-3.0 mm long, wing with well-developed axillary lobe and alula, wholly covered with small microtrichia, unforked vein R4+5, and a large anal cell, at least as long as basal cells. The male genitalia are symmetrical and not rotated. It is a monophyletic group of flies with four genera and only a few recent species, originally classified within the cyclorrhaphous family Platypezidae (Atelestus), then as genera of “uncertain systematic position” close to or in the paraphyletic family Empididae s. lato, and only very recently (Chvála 1983) erected as a separate family in the superfamily Empidoidea.

Of the four European species of the Atelestidae which are listed in the first on-line version of the Fauna Europaea, and also in the recent unchanged version of 2007 (Chvála 2007), three species are listed in the recent version of the checklist; all three are known in the both Czech Republic (with two species in Bohemia and three species in Moravia) and Slovakia. 


[1] Barták M. & Kubík Š. 2006: Atelestidae In Barták M. & Kubík Š. (eds): Diptera of Podyjí National Park and its Environs. Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, 2005, pp.182-183.

[2] Barták M. & Roháček J. 2009: Atelestidae. In Roháček J. & Ševčík J. (eds): Diptera of the Poľana Protected Landscape Area – Biosphere Reserve (Central Slovakia). SNC SR, Administration of the PLA – BR Poľana, Zvolen, p. 126.

[3] Chvála M. 1983: The Empidoidea (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. II. General Part. The families Hybotidae, Atelestidae and Microphoridae. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica, Vol. 12,  Scand. Sci. Press Ltd., Klampenborg, Denmark. 279 pp.

[4] Chvála M. 2007: Fauna Europea: Atelestidae. In Pape T. (ed.): Fauna Europaea, Brachycera. Fauna Europaea version 1.3. <>. Retrieved 30.3.2009.

[5] Roháček J., Barták M. & Zuska J. 1986: Faunistic records from Czechoslovakia. Diptera: Atelestidae, Micropezidae, Otitidae, Piophilidae, Sepsidae, Acartophthalmiidae, Anthomyzidae, Asteiidae. Acta entomologica bohemoslovaca 83: 230-231.

Atelestus Walker, 1837
dissonans Collin, 1961 CZ (B M ) SK
pulicarius (Fallén, 1816) CZ (B M ) SK
Meghyperus Loew, 1850
sudeticus Loew, 1850 CZ ( M ) SK