Therevidae (Stiletto Flies)

Quick Genera Links – those unlinked we have not documented.
Acraspisa Actenomeros Acupalpa Agapophytus Anabarhynchus Belonalys Bonjeania Ectinorhynchus Evansomyia Johnmannia Laxotela Nanexila Neodialineura Parapsilocephala Pipinnipons [Therevidae larvae]

Subfamily Therevinae
Therevinae have femora adorned with different types of setae, including flattened scale-like setae, and light hairing set among shorter darker hairing. Currently only the one genus (Anabarhynchus) recognised for Australia.

Genus Anabarhynchus
Anabarhynchus sp. Anabarhynchus maritimus Anabarhynchus sp. Anabarhynchus sp.

Subfamily Agapophytinae
Agopophytinae have femora setae simple, ie without flattened scale-like setae in addition to normal hairing. All but the Taenogera genus-group have fore and hind femora with distinctive elongate ventral patches of velutum (velvet pubescence). Many members of this subfamily are remarkable for their mimicry of Hymenoptera (wasps and ants).

Genera groupings are presented below for convenience. Brief descriptions are provided in the grouping link with the number of described Tasmanian species for each indicated in brackets.

Taenogera genus-group
Ectinorhynchus sp. male Evansomyia phyciformis female Nanexila cf. lutea male Neodialineura bagdad female

Agapophytus quatiens Pipinnipons chauncyvallis female

Acraspisa sp. female Bonjeania actuosa Bonjeania nitidifrons cf. Parapsilocephala sp. male

Laxotela plata male Laxotela plata female

Therevidae larvae
Therevidae larva Therevidae larva


Lambkin, C. L. & Turco, F. 2013. Collessiama (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae: Taenogera genus-group), a new genus from eastern Australia, with a key to the Australian genera of Therevidae. Zootaxa 3680(1): 96-117.

Mann, J. S. 1928. Revisional notes on Australian Therevidae. Part 1. The Australian Zoologist 5: 151-194.

Mann, J. S. 1929. Revisional notes on Australian Therevidae. Part 2. The Australian Zoologist 6: 17-49.

Mann, J. S. 1933. Revisional notes on Australian Therevidae. Part 3. The Australian Zoologist 7: 325-344.

Paramonov, S. J. 1950. Notes on Australian Diptera (I-V). III A note on two Australian therevids. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 3: 525-529.

White, A. 1915. The Diptera-Brachycera of Tasmania. Part II. Families Tabanidae & Therevidae. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1915: 1-59.

Winterton, S. L., Irwin, M. E. & Yeates, D. K. 1999. Systematics of Nanexila Winterton & Irwin, gen. nov. (Diptera: Therevidae) from Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy 13: 237-308.

Winterton S. L., Irwin, M. E. & Yeates, D. K. 1999. Phylogenetic revision of the Taenogera Kröber genus-group (Diptera: Therevidae), with descriptions of two new genera. Australian Journal of Entomology 38: 274-29.

Winterton, S. L., Skevington, J. H., Irwin, M. E. & Yeates, D. K. 2000. Phylogenetic revision of Bonjeania Irwin & Lyneborg (Diptera: Therevidae). Systematic Entomology 25: 295-324.

Winterton, S. L. & Irwin, M. E. 2001. Phylogenetic revision of Agapophytus Guérin (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 15: 467-526.

Winterton, S. L., Yang, L., Wiegmann, B. M. & Yeates, D. K. (2001). Phylogenetic revision of Agapophytinae subf. n. (Diptera: Therevidae) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Systematic Entomology 26; 173– 211.

Winterton, S. L. 2007. New species of Acraspisoides Hill & Winterton and Bonjeana Irwin & Lyneborg (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae), with the description of a genus. Zootaxa 1438: 1-25.

Winterton, S. L. 2007. New species of Laxotela Winterton & Irwin from Australia (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae). Zootaxa 1407: 57-64.

Winterton, S. L. 2007. New species of Nanexila Winterton & Irwin and Taenogera Kröber from Australia (Diptera: Therevidae). Zootaxa 1413: 55-64.
Winterton, S. L. 2009. Revision of the stiletto fly genus Neodialineura Mann (Diptera: Therevidae): an empirical example of cybertaxonomy. Zootaxa 2157: 1-33.

Winterton, S. L. 2011. Review of the stiletto fly genus Actenomeros Winterton & Irwin (Diptera, Therevidae, Agapophytinae). ZooKeys 120: 55-63.

Winterton, S. L. 2011. Revision of the stiletto fly genera Acupalpa Kröber and Pipinnipons Winterton (Diptera, Therevidae, Agapophytinae) using cybertaxonomic methods, with a key to Australasian genera. Zookeys 95: 29-78.