Checklist of Diptera of the Czech Republic and Slovakia
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Cylindrotomidae Schiner, 1863

Jaroslav Starý

Department of Zoology and Laboratory of Ornithology, Faculty of Science, Palacký University, tř. Svobody 26, CZ-771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic;

This family includes relatively large species, characterised by their somewhat aberrant wing venation (Sc1 atrophied distally, ending freely in the wing membrane) and the proximally narrowed abdomen. The larvae are terrestrial or aquatic, phytophagous, living freely among mosses or on herbaceous plants and not in a substrate like those of other Tipulomorpha. Except for Cylindrotoma distinctissima, adults may be considered local and rare, but sometimes they may be fairly common, resting on vegetation or flying slowly around.

Eight species-group taxa are known to occur in Europe (Oosterbroek 2009). Four species are listed in the present checklist: four from the Czech Republic (four in both Bohemia and Moravia) and three from Slovakia. There have been no additions or corrections since the PCV2, except that subspecies category is not shown here for Cylindrotoma distinctissima and Diogma glabrata. No additional species are to be expected from Central Europe.

The most comprehensive monograph of the Palaearctic Cylindrotomidae, with keys to species, is that by Peus (1952). The European species of the family were keyed by Starý (1984). Since the four Czech and Slovak species represent separate, well-established genera, they can be identified by all older keys, including that by Slípka and Starý (1977). The nomenclature of the checklist is adopted from Oosterbroek (2009); as mentioned above, subspecies category is not shown since only nominotypical subspecies are involved. 


[1] Oosterbroek P. 2009: Catalogue of the Craneflies of the World (Insecta, Diptera, Nematocera, Tipuloidea), Version 3 Feb 2009. <>. Retrieved 03.02.2009.

[2] Peus F. 1952: Cylindrotomidae. In Lindner E. (ed.): Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region, Vol. 3(5). Schweizerbart, Stuttgart, 79 pp.

[3] Slípka J. & Starý J. 1977: Cylindrotomidae. In Doskočil J. (ed.): Klíč zvířeny ČSSR, Vol. 5 (Diptera). ČSAV, Praha, pp. 44-45.

[4] Starý J. 1984: Doplňky k faunistice čeledi Cylindrotomidae (Diptera) v Československu. Zprávy Krajského vlativědného muzea v Olomouci 1984: 10-14.

Cylindrotoma Macquart, 1834
distinctissima (Meigen, 1818) CZ   (B M ) SK
Diogma Edwards, 1938
glabrata (Meigen, 1818) CZ   (B M ) SK
Phalacrocera Schiner, 1863
replicata (Linnaeus, 1758) CZ   (B M )
Triogma Schiner, 1863
trisulcata (Schummel, 1829) CZ   (B M ) SK