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Chamaemyiidae Hendel, 1910 (1823)

Miroslav Barták1 & László Papp2

1 Czech University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Department of Zoology and Fisheries, CZ-165 21 Praha 6 Suchdol,
Czech Republic;

2 Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum and Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary;

Minute to small (1.0-5.0 mm), often silvery-grey flies, often with dark markings on head, thorax or abdomen. Arista bare to pubescent; ocellar, postocellar, orbital, frontal and vibrissal setae present or absent. Costa without breaks, subcosta complete, costal area often dark, cell Cup closed. Tibiae without dorsal preapical seta. The larvae are predators of Homoptera living on a wide range of trees and herbs. Consequently, chamaemyiid adults occur in various grassland habitats, in reeds, in mixed or deciduous forests, in lowlands, but also in montane habitats. For further information, see (McAlpine 1971, McLean 1998, Papp 1979, Tanasijtshuk 1986). Altogether 108 species are known to occur in Europe (Gaimari 2007 – where several newly described species are omitted.). 30 of them are listed in the present checklist: 25 in the Czech Republic (12 in Bohemia, 24 in Moravia), and 24 in Slovakia. Since the ECV1, the number of species has increased by five in Slovakia. The chamaemyiid fauna of Moravia and Slovakia is rather better studied than the poorly known fauna of both Bohemia.

The basic characteristics of the family were given by (McAlpine 1971, Papp 1979). The Central European species may be identified using the key and figures in (Beschovski & Merz 1998, Beschovski & Tanasijtshuk 1990, Beschovski 1994, Gaimari 2007, Papp 1979, Tanasijtshuk 1992), but corrections are necessary due to the description of new species. The nomenclature in the present checklist follows that of the Fauna Europaea (Gaimari 2007), with some changes and additions.

This paper was partly supported by IRP MSM 6046070901 (Ministry of education, youth and sports). 


[1] Beschovski V.L. 1994: Three new species of genus Chamaemyia Meigen, 1803 from Europe (Insecta: Diptera: Chamaemyiidae). Reichenbachia 30 (35): 203-209.

[2] Beschovski V.L. & Merz B. 1998: Contribution to the knowledge of the Chamaemyiidae (Diptera), with particular reference to the fauna of Switzerland. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 71: 83-106.

[3] Beschovski V.L. & Tanasijtshuk V.N. 1990: Taxonomic notes on the Chamaemyia species in the Collin's collection in Oxford, with description of a new species (Insecta: Diptera: Chamaemyiidae). Reichenbachia 28 (16): 79-87.

[4] Gaimari S.D. 2007: Fauna Europaea: Chamaemyiidae. In Pape T. (ed.): Fauna Europaea: Diptera, Brachycera. Fauna Europaea version 1.3. <>. Retrieved 30.06.2009.

[5] McAlpine J.F. 1971: A revision of the subgenus Neuleucopis (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae). Canadian Entomologist 103: 1851-1874.

[6] McLean I.F.G. 1998: Family Chamaemyiidae. In Papp L. & Darvas B. (eds): Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera. Vol. 3, Higher Brachycera. Science Herald, Budapest, pp. 415-423.

[7] Papp L. 1979: Korhadéklegyek Pajzstetűlegyek Lauxaniidae Chamaemyiidae. Magyarország Állatvilága, 15/4. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 89 pp.

[8] Papp L., Barták M. & Kubík Š. 2005: Chamaemyiidae. In Barták M. & Kubík Š. (eds): Diptera of Podyjí National Park and its Environs. ČZU Praha, pp. 266-269.

[9] Roháček J. 2009: Chamaemyiidae. 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, pp. 206-208.

[10] Tanasijtshuk V. N. 1986: Mukhi serebryanki (Chamaemyiidae). Fauna SSSR, Dvukrylye, Vol. 24, vyp. 7. Nauka, Leningrad, 336 pp.

[11] Tanasijtshuk V.N., 1992: Morphological differences and phyletic relations between the genera of Chamaemyiid flies (Diptera, Chamaemyiidae). Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 71: 199-230. 

Acrometopia Schiner, 1862
wahlbergi (Zetterstedt, 1846)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Parochthiphila Czerny, 1904
coronata (Loew, 1858)  CZ   ( M ) SK
Chamaemyia Meigen, 1803
aestiva Tanasijtshuk, 1970  CZ   (B M ) SK
aridella (Fallén, 1823)  CZ   (B M ) SK
elegans (Panzer, 1809)  CZ   (B M ) SK
emiliae Tanasijtshuk, 1970  CZ   ( M ) SK
fasciata (Loew, 1858)  CZ   (B M ) SK
flavicornis (Strobl, 1902) SK
flavoantennata Beschovski, 1994  CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2 as C. flavipalpis (Haliday, 1838) [1]
geniculata (Zetterstedt, 1838)  CZ   (B M ) SK
herbarum (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830)  CZ   (B M ) SK
juncorum (Fallén, 1823)  CZ   (B M ) SK
paludosa Collin, 1966  CZ   (B M ) SK
polystigma (Meigen, 1830)  CZ   (B M ) SK
subjuncorum Tanasijtshuk, 1970 SK
submontana Beschovski, 1994  CZ ( M )
sylvatica Collin, 1960 SK
Leucopis Meigen, 1830
annulipes Zetterstedt, 1848  CZ   ( M ) SK
argentata Heeger, 1848  CZ ( M ) SK from SK published as L. interruptovittata [7], omitted in PCV2
glyphinivora Tanasijtshuk, 1958 CZ ( M ) SK
griseola (Fallén, 1823)  CZ   ( M ) SK
puncticornis Meigen, 1830  CZ   ( M )
salicis Tanasijtshuk, 1962 SK
Leucopomyia Malloch, 1921
latifrons Beschovski et Merz, 1998 CZ ( M )
silesiaca Egger, 1862  CZ   (B )
Lipoleucopis de Meijere 1928
praecox de Meijere, 1928 CZ   ( M )
Neoleucopis Malloch, 1921
atratula (Ratzeburg, 1844)  CZ   ( M ) SK
freyi (McAlpine, 1971) SK
obscura Haliday, 1833 CZ ( M ) SK
tapiae (Blanchard, 1964) CZ ( M )