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Platypezidae Fallén, 1815

Jaromír Vaňhara

Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, CZ-61137 Brno, Czech Republic;

Mostly very small flies, from 2.0 to 5.0 mm, inhabiting forests or woodlands from lowland to montane habitats. This is a relatively rare family in Central Europe, though females sometimes congregate on mushrooms (Fungi, Holobasidiomycetes) during oviposition. The larvae can be abundant in the infested fruiting bodies of mushrooms. They are monophagous or oligophagous, but one gall-forming species is known.The larval development, morphology and hosts are rather poorly known. From the Czech Republic was described a new larva of one species (Tkoč & Vaňhara 2008a). The species diversity is dependent on the species diversity of the fungi, which require undisturbed forest ecosystems with a mainly natural character and with limited collection of fruiting bodies in places where the pressure from human activities is great. Most of the Czech species were included in the "Czech Red Book" (Vaňhara & Ševčík 2005) in connection with the necessary protection of mushrooms. Sweeping and individual collecting are the most important methods for collecting platypezids, but adults can also occur in light traps; Microsania species are fumatropic and can be individually netted in bonfire smoke. It is useful to rear larvae in order to increase knowledge of their fungal hosts.

The Platypezidae are divided into three subfamilies, Callomyinae, Microsaniinae and Platypezinae. Some 70 species are known from the Palaearctic region (Chandler & Shatalkin 1998). The adults and known larvae of the European species are keyed by Chandler (2001), and the available information on species from the East Palaearctic can be found in Shatalkin (1985). The recent monographic study of the European species (Chandler 2001) mentioned 42 species, as did the Fauna Europaea (Chandler 2007). The PCV2 (Vaňhara 1997) included no more than 31 species of flat-footed flies from the Czech Republic and 26 species from Slovakia (Vaňhara 1995). Over the decade 1997-2006 one species for the Czech Republic and one species for Slovakia has been added (Ševčík 2004, Tkoč & Vaňhara 2006, see Vaňhara 2006). One species for the Czech Republic and three for Slovakia (Roháček & Ševčík 2007, 2009, Tkoč & Vaňhara 2008b) have been added during the period 2006-2009. The present  checklist lists 32 species from the Czech Republic (25 from Bohemia, 31 from Moravia), and 31 from Slovakia. Compared with the fauna of neighbouring countries (Austria 16 species, Germany 29, Hungary 26, Poland 24) (Chandler 2007) the fauna of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is well known, but it is possible that further species will be found in both countries. The nomenclature of the present checklist follows (Chandler 2007).

For financial support, the Ministry of Education and the Masaryk University (grant No. MSM 0021622416) are acknowledged.


[1] Chandler P.J. 2001: The Flat-footed Flies (Diptera: Opetiidae, Platypezidae) of Europe. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica, vol. 36. E.J. Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln, 276 pp.

[2] Chandler P.J. 2007: Fauna Europaea: Platypezidae. In Pape T. (ed.): Fauna Europaea: Diptera, Brachycera. Fauna Europaea version 1.3. <>. Retrieved 31.08.2009.

[3] Chandler P.J. & Shatalkin A.I. 1998: Platypezidae. In Papp L. & Darvas B. (eds): Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Higher Brachycera. Science Herald, Budapest, pp. 27-49.

[4] Roháček J. & Ševčík J. 2007: Faunistic records from Czech Republic and Slovakia: Platypezidae. In Stloukalová V. (ed.): Dipterologica bohemoslovaca, Vol. 14. Acta zoologica Universitatis Comenianae 47: 255-256.

[5] Roháček J. & Ševčík J. 2009: Platypezidae. 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. 151-155.

[6] Shatalkin A.I. 1985: [A review of the flat-footed flies (Diptera, Platypezidae) of the USSR.] Trudy Zoologicheskogo Muzeja Moskovskogo Universiteta 23: 69-136. [In Russian].

[7] Ševčík J. 2004: Diptera associated with fungi in the Poloniny National Park (Bukovské vrchy Mts., East Slovakia). In Barták M. & Kubík Š. (eds): Dipterologica bohemoslovaca 13. Folia Facultatis Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Masarykianae Brunensis, Biologia 109: 293-304.

[8] Tkoč M. & Vaňhara J. 2006: Faunistic Records: Diptera, Platypezidae, Lindneromyia hungarica, Chandler, 2001. Entomofauna carpathica 18: 36.

[9] Tkoč M. & Vaňhara J. 2008a: The puparium and mature larva of the flat-footed fly Lindneromyia hungarica Chandler, 2001 (Diptera: Platypezidae). Zootaxa 1730: 59-64.

[10] Tkoč M. & Vaňhara J. 2008b: Opetiidae and Platypezidae (Diptera) of the Jizerské hory Mts and Frýdlant region. In: Diptera Orlických hor. Diptera of the Orlické hory Mts. Sborník Severočeského Muzea – Přírodní vědy, Liberec 26: 255-260.

[11] Vaňhara J. 1995: Recent distribution of flat-footed flies (Diptera: Opetiidae and Platypezidae) in Czech and Slovak Republics with a revised check list and species quality indexing. Časopis Slezského Muzea Opava (A) 44: 43-61.

[12] Vaňhara J. 1997: Opetiidae. Platypezidae. In Chvála M. (ed.): Check List of Diptera (Insecta) of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Karolinum – Charles University Press, Prague, pp. 57-58.

[13] Vaňhara J. & Ševčík J. 2005: Platypezidae (Diptera). In Farkač J., Král D. & Škorpík M. (eds): Červený seznam ohrožených druhů České republiky. Bezobratlí. Red List of Threatened Species in the Czech Republic. Invertebrates. AOPK ČR, Praha, pp. 296-298.

[14] Vaňhara J. 2006: Platypezidae. In Jedlička L., Stloukalová V. & Kúdela M. (eds): Checklist of Diptera of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Electronic version 1. <>  + CD-ROM: ISBN 80-969629-0-6. Retrieved 31.08.2009.

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Agathomyia Verrall, 1901
   antennata (Zetterstedt, 1819)  CZ (B M) SK
   cinerea (Zetterstedt, 1852)  SK
   collini Verrall, 1901  CZ ( M)  
   elegantula (Fallén, 1815)  CZ (B M) SK
   falleni (Zetterstedt, 1819)  CZ (B M) SK
   setipes Oldenberg, 1916  CZ (B ) SK
   sexmaculata (von Roser, 1840)  CZ (B M)  
   unicolor Oldenberg, 1928  CZ (B M) SK
   vernalis Shatalkin, 1981  CZ (B M) SK
   viduella (Zetterstedt, 1838)  CZ (B M) SK
   wankowiczii (Schnabl, 1884)  CZ (B M) SK
   woodella Chandler in Shatalkin, 1985 CZ ( M) SK modified according to [1]
Callomyia Meigen, 1804  
   amoena Meigen, 1824  CZ (B M) SK
   elegans Meigen, 1804  CZ (B M) SK
   speciosa Meigen, 1824  CZ (B M) SK
Platypezina Wahlgren, 1910
   connexa (Boheman, 1858)  CZ (B M)  
Microsania Zetterstedt, 1837
   collarti Chandler, 2001  CZ (B M) SK modified according to [1]
   pectipennis (Meigen, 1830)  CZ (B M) SK
   straeleni Collart, 1954  CZ ( M)  
wrydaghli Collart, 1954 SK
Bolopus Enderlein, 1932
   furcatus (Fallén, 1826)  CZ (B M) SK
Kesselimyia Vaňhara, 1981  
   chandleri Vaňhara, 1981  CZ ( M)  
Lindneromyia Kessel, 1965  
   dorsalis (Meigen, 1804)  CZ (B M) SK
   hungarica Chandler, 2001 CZ ( M) SK
Paraplatypeza Kessel & Maggioncalda, 1968  
   atra (Meigen, 1804)  CZ (B M) SK
   bicincta (Szilády, 1941)  CZ (B M) SK
Platypeza Meigen, 1803  
   aterrima Walker, 1836  CZ ( M) SK
   consobrina Zetterstedt, 1844  CZ (B M) SK
   fasciata Meigen, 1804  CZ (B M) SK
   hirticeps Verrall, 1901  CZ (B M) SK
Polyporivora Kessel & Maggioncalda, 1968  
   boletina (Fallén, 1815)  SK
   ornata (Meigen, 1838)  CZ (B M) SK
   picta (Meigen, 1830)  SK
Protoclythia Kessel, 1949  
   modesta (Zetterstedt, 1844)  CZ (B M) SK
   rufa (Meigen, 1830)  CZ (B M) SK
Seri Kessel & Kessel, 1966
   obscuripennis (Oldenberg, 1916)  CZ ( M) SK