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Lonchopteridae Curtis, 1839

Miroslav Barták

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;

The adults are rather small (length of body 2.0-5.0 mm), strongly bristled flies, yellow to brownish-black, often yellowish-brown with a darker pattern. Wings conspicuously pointed, with sexually dimorphic venation. The larva is somewhat fusiform, narrowed anteriorly and more blunt posteriorly, with three pairs of long bristle-like processes, two pairs inserted on thorax and the third on the last abdominal tergite. The larvae are saprophagous, microphagous or, probably, mycetophagous. For a more datailed description of the larva and puparium, see Drake (1996), Peterson (1987). Adults are common in moist places, alongside streams or ponds and in deciduous forests, or even in dry meadows. Further details on the adult morphology and biology have been given by Barták (1998), Drake (1996), Peterson (1987).

Altogether thirteen species are known to occur in Europe (Barták 2007), the validity of Lonchoptera vaillanti Zwick, 2004 is doubtful. Nine species are listed in the present checklist: nine in the Czech Republic (nine in Bohemia, nine in Moravia), and nine in Slovakia. Since the ECV1 the number of species has not increased. The faunistics of both Czech and Slovak species are probably completely known.

The basic characteristics of the family are given by Barták (1998) and Peterson (1987). Identification keys to all the Central European species are in Barták (1986) and Bährmann and Bellstedt (1988). The nomenclature of the Fauna Europaea (Barták 2007) is followed in the present checklist.

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


[1] Barták M. 1986: The Czechoslovak species of Lonchopteridae. In Olejníček J. & Spitzer K. (eds): Dipterologica bohemoslovaca Vol. 4. Jihočeské muzeum, České Budějovice, přírodní.vědy, pp. 61-69.

[2] Barták M. 1998: Lonchopteridae. In Papp L. & Darvas B. (eds): Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Science Herald, Budapest, pp 13-16.

[3] Barták M. 2007: Fauna Europa: Lonchopteridae. In Pape T. (ed.): Fauna Europaea: Diptera, Brachycera. Fauna Europaea version 1.3. <>. Retrieved 30.06.2009.

[4] Barták M. 2006: Faunistic records from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Lonchopteridae. In Kinkorová J. (ed.): Dipterologica bohemoslovaca, Vol. 13. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Biologica 50: 145-146.

[5] Bährmann R. & Bellstedt R. 1988: Beobachtungen und Untersuchungen zur Vorkommen der Lonchopteriden auf dem Gebiet der DDR, mit einer Bestimmungstabelle der Arten. Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, N.F. 35: 265-279.

[6] Drake C.M. 1996: The larva and habitat of Lonchoptera nigrociliata (Diptera: Lonchopteridae). Dipterists Digest 3: 28-31.

[7] Peterson B.V. 1987: Lonchopteridae. In McAlpine J.F. et al. (eds): Manual of Nearctic Diptera, Vol. 2. Agric. Can. Monograph, No. 28, pp. 675-680.

[8] Zwick P. 2004: Lonchoptera vaillanti sp. nov., a new fly from Switzerland  (Diptera, Lonchopteridae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique Suisse 77: 133-136.

Lonchoptera Meigen, 1803
bifurcata (Fallén, 1810) CZ   (B M ) SK
fallax De Meijere, 1906 CZ   (B M ) SK
lutea Panzer, 1809 CZ   (B M ) SK
meijerei Collin, 1938 CZ   (B M ) SK
nigrociliata Duda, 1927 CZ   (B M ) SK
nitidifrons Strobl, 1898 CZ   (B M ) SK
scutellata Stein, 1890 CZ   (B M ) SK
strobli De Meijere, 1906 CZ   (B M ) SK
tristis Meigen, 1824 CZ   (B M ) SK