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Lauxaniidae Macquart, 1835

Kateřina Dvořáková1 & Stephen D. Gaimari2

1 Tři Sekery 21, CZ-353 01 Mariánské Lázně,  Czech Republic;
2 Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832, U.S.A.;

The family includes mostly medium-sized or small species, usually yellow, sometimes grey or black. Some species have spotted or clouded wings. The main diagnostic features are crossed postocellar setae, vibrissal setae absent, wing with costa not interrupted, tibiae with dorsal preapical setae. The larvae usually develop in decaying leaves, where they can sometimes form tubes. Others species develop in birds' nests. Adults fly in forest-meadow ecotones, along forest roads, and around streams, but they prefer moist and shaded places.

Altogether 157 species are known to occur in Europe and adjacent areas according to the Fauna Europaea (Merz 2007a) but the data are incomplete there. 76 are listed in the present checklist – 72 from the Czech Republic (66 from Bohemia, 69 from Moravia), and 68 from Slovakia. Since the ECV1 (Dvořáková 2006), the number of species in Slovakia has increased by three, but in the Czech Republic number of species has remained unchanged. The species richness of the lauxaniid fauna is well known in the Czech Republic and Slovakia thanks to the work of the late Doc. Ing. Vladislav Martinek, CSc.

Many nomenclatoric changes in generic and subgeneric level were made in a comparison with PCV2 and ECV1, mainly in former genus Lyciella Collin, 1948. The most of European specialists use the former generic taxonomy (see ECV1), but we will follow the newest system according to present knowledge (ICZN 1999).

The monograph by Shatalkin (2000) can be used for the identification of the fauna of the Czech Republic. More recent information on the genera Homoneura, Minettia and Sapromyza has been published by Merz (2003, 2004, 2007b, c).

The author wishes to thank Dr. Bernhard Merz (Geneva, Switzerland) and Mgr. Marek Semelbauer (Bratislava, Slovakia) for invaluable information on lauxaniid taxonomy and distribution.


[1] Becker T. 1895: Dipterologische Studien II. Sapromyzidae. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 40: 171-264.

[2] Dvořáková K. 2006: Lauxaniidae Bezzi, 1914. In Jedlička L., Stloukalová V. & Kúdela M. (eds): Checklist of Diptera of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Electronic version 1. <>. Retrieved 19.08.2009.

[3] Dvořáková-Marsová K., Martinek V., Barták M. & Kubík Š. 2005: Lauxaniidae. In Barták M. & Kubík Š. (eds): Diptera of Podyjí National Park and its Environs. Praha, pp. 260-266.

[4] Dvořáková K. & Roháček J. 2009: Lauxaniidae. 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. 202-206.

[5] Hendel F. 1908: Diptera. Fam. Muscaridae. Subfam. Lauxaninae [sic!]. In Wytsman P. (ed.): Genera Insectorum 68: 1-66.

[6] ICZN 1999: International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th edition). International Trust for Zoological Nomenclture, London, 306 pp.

[7] Martinek V. 2001: New or scarce Acalyptrate flies (Diptera) found in the forest of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Journal of Forest Science 47: 523-528.

[8] Merz B. 2003: The Lauxaniidae (Diptera) described by C. F. Fallén with description of a misidentified species of Homoneura van der Wulp. Insect Systematics and Evolution 34: 345-360.

[9] Merz B. 2004: Revision of the Minettia fasciata species group (Diptera, Lauxaniidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 111: 183-211.

[10] Merz B. 2007a: Fauna Europaea: Lauxaniidae. In Pape T. (ed.): Fauna Europaea: Diptera, Brachycera. Fauna Europaea version 1.3. <>. Retrieved 19.08.2009.

[11] Merz B. 2007b: A new Sapromyza Falkon, 1810, from the Weiss Alps (Diptera, Lauxaniidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 114: 185-194.

[12] Merz B. 2007c: Two new Mediterranean species of the Sapromyza intonsa group (Diptera, Lauxaniidae. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 150: 65-76.

[13] Özdikmen H. & Merz B. 2006: Neoparoecus nom. nov., a replacement name for the preoccupied genus name Paroecus Becker, 1895 (Diptera, Lauxaniidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellscaft (Bulletin de la Société Entomologique Suisse) 79: 63-64.

[14] Papp L. 1987: On the identity of Sapromyza setiventris Zett. (Diptera: Lauxaniidae) with description of a new species. Folia Entomologica Hungarica 43: 153160.

[15] Roháček J, Barták M. & Kubík Š. 1998: Diptera Acalyptrata of the Hraniční (Luzenská) slať peat bog in the Šumava Mts. (Czech Republic). Časopis Slezského Muzea 47: 1-12.

[16] Semelbauer M. & Kozánek M. 2009: Lauxaniidae of Slovakia, faunistic notes and seasonal dynamics of selected species. Folia faunistica Slovaca 14: 63-79.

[17] Shatalkin A.I. 2000: Opredelitel palearkticheskych much semejstva Lauxaniidae (Diptera). Zoologicheskie Issledovania 5: 1-102.

[18] Shewell G. E. 1986: New American genera of Lauxaniidae, based on species of earlier authors, and a note on Lyciella rorida (Fallén) in North America (Diptera). Canadian Entomologist 118: 537-547.

Homoneura van der Wulp, 1891
biumbrata (Loew, 1847)  CZ   (B M ) SK
christophi (Becker, 1895) CZ   (B M )
consobrina (Zetterstedt, 1847) CZ   ( M )
dilecta (Rondani, 1868) CZ   ( M ) SK in PCV2 as H. notata (Fallén, 1820) [8]
lamellata (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B )
limnea (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B M ) SK
mediospinosa Merz, 2003 CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2 as H. interstincta (Fallén, 1820) pars [8]
minor (Becker, 1895) SK
notata (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2 as H. subnotata Papp, 1978 [8]
patelliformis (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B M ) SK
remmi Papp, 1978  CZ   (B M ) SK
tesquae (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B ) SK
thalhammeri Papp, 1978 SK
Aulogastromyia Hendel, 1925
anisodactyla (Loew, 1845)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Calliopum Strand, 1928
aeneum (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
elisae (Meigen, 1826)  CZ   (B M ) SK
geniculatum (Fabricius, 1805)  CZ   (B M )
simillimum (Collin, 1933)  CZ   (B M ) SK
splendidum Papp, 1978  CZ   (B M ) SK
Cnemacantha Macquart, 1835
muscaria (Fallén, 1823)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Eusapromyza Malloch, 1923
balioptera Czerny, 1932  CZ   (B M ) SK
multipunctata (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
poeciloptera (Loew, 1873) CZ   ( M )
Lauxania Latreille, 1804
Callixania Papp, 1978
minor Martinek, 1974  CZ   (B M ) SK
Czernushka Shatalkin 2000
albomaculata Strobl, 1909 CZ   (B M ) SK from CZ published as Calliopum albomaculatum (Strobl, 1909) [17]
Lauxania s.str.
cylindricornis (Fabricius, 1794)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Meiosimyza Hendel, 1925 in PCV2 and ECV1 as Lyciella Collin, 1948 without subgenera [17]
Lyciella Collin, 1948
affinis (Zetterstedt, 1847)  CZ   (B M ) SK
conjugata (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B M ) SK
decempunctata (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
decipiens (Loew, 1847)  CZ   (B M ) SK
illota (Loew, 1847)  CZ   (B M ) SK
laeta (Zetterstedt, 1838)  CZ   (B M ) SK
mihalyii Papp, 1978  CZ   (B M ) SK
rorida (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
subfasciata (Zetterstedt, 1838)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Meiosimyza s. str.
platycephala (Loew, 1847)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Minettia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
Frendelia Collin, 1948
austriaca Hennig, 1951  CZ   ( M ) SK in PCV2 and ECV1 in subgenus Minettia  s. str. [17]
longipennis (Fabricius, 1794)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Minettia s.str.
fasciata (Fallén, 1826)  CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2  as M. rivosa (Meigen, 1826) [9]
flaviventris (Costa, 1844)  CZ   (B M ) SK
inusta (Meigen, 1826)  CZ   (B M ) SK
lupulina (Fabricius, 1787)  CZ   (B M ) SK
plumicornis (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
subvittata (Loew, 1847) SK
tabidiventris (Rondani, 1877) CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2  as M. fasciata (Fallén, 1826) [9]
Plesiominettia Shatalkin, 2000 in PCV2 and ECV1 as Minettia s. str. [17]
filia (Becker, 1895)  CZ   (B M ) SK
helvola (Becker, 1895) SK
loewi (Schiner, 1864)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Neoparoecus Özdikmen & Merz, 2006 in PCV2 and ECV1 as Paroecus Becker, 1895 [13]
signatipes (Loew, 1856)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Pachycerina Macquart, 1835
pulchra (Loew, 1850)  CZ   (B M )
seticornis (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Peplomyza Haliday, 1837
discoidea (Meigen, 1830)  CZ   (B M ) SK
intermedia E. Remm, 1979  CZ   (B M ) SK
litura (Meigen, 1826)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Poecilolycia Shewell, 1986 in ECV1 as Lyciella Collin, 1947 [18]
vittata (Walker, 1849)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Pseudolyciella Shatalkin, 2000 in ECV1 as Lyciella Collin, 1947 [17]
pallidiventris (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK
stylata Papp, 1978  CZ   (B M ) SK
Sapromyza Fallén, 1810
Nannomyza Frey, 1941
basalis Zetterstedt, 1847  CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2  in subgenus Sapromyza s. str. [17]
Sapromyza s.str.
albiceps Fallén, 1820  CZ   (B M ) SK
apicalis Loew, 1847  CZ   (B M ) SK
gozmanyi Papp, 1981 CZ   (B )
intonsa Loew, 1847  CZ   (B M ) SK
obscuripennis Loew, 1847  CZ   (B M ) SK
obsoleta Fallén, 1820  CZ   (B M ) SK
opaca Becker, 1895  CZ   (B M ) SK
palpella Rondani, 1868  CZ   ( M ) SK
schnabli Papp, 1987 CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2  as S. setiventris Zetterstedt, 1847 [14]
sexpunctata Meigen, 1826  CZ   (B M ) SK
simplicior Hendel, 1908 CZ   ( M ) SK in PCV2  as S. simplex Loew, 1848 [5]
viciespunctata Czerny, 1932  CZ   (B M )
zetterstedti Hendel, 1908  CZ   (B M ) SK
Schumannimyia Papp, 1978
hyalinata (Meigen, 1826)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Sapromyzosoma Lioy, 1864
quadricincta (Becker, 1895) CZ   (B M ) SK in PCV2  as S. bipunctata Meigen, 1830 [1]
quadripunctata (Linnaeus, 1767)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Trigonometopus Macquart, 1835
frontalis (Meigen, 1830)  CZ   (B M ) SK
Tricholauxania Hendel, 1925
praeusta (Fallén, 1820)  CZ   (B M ) SK