Root-maggot fly
Hydrophoria linogrisea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Calyptratae
Superfamily: Muscoidea
Family: Anthomyiidae
  • Anthomyiinae
  • Pegomyinae
Anthomyia pluvialis

The Anthomyiidae are a large and diverse family of Muscoidea flies. Most look rather like small houseflies, but are commonly drab grey. The genus Anthomyia, in contrast, is generally conspicuously patterned in black-and-white or black-and-silvery-grey. Most are difficult to identify, apart from a few groups such as the kelp flies that are conspicuous on beaches.

The name Anthomyiidae was derived from Greek anthos (flower) plus myia (a fly). Some species are commonly called "root-maggots", as the larvae are found in the stems and roots of various plants. As larvae, some also feed on decaying plant material. The well-known grey "seaweed flies" or "kelp flies" (Fucellia) are examples.[1] Others are scavengers in such places as birds' nests; yet other species are leaf miners; the family also includes inquilines, commensals, and parasitic larvae.

Some species in the family are significant agricultural pests, particularly some from the genus Delia, which includes the onion fly (D. antiqua), the wheat bulb fly (D. coarctata), the turnip root fly (D. floralis), the bean seed fly (D. platura), and the cabbage root fly (D. radicum).


For terms see Morphology of Diptera
These flies are small or moderate in size. Hypopleural bristles found on the sides of the thorax are apical. The anal vein of the wing reaches the margin of the wings (except in Chelisia). The median vein is straight, not curved towards the anterior alar margin. Three pairs of postsutural dorsocentral bristles almost always are present. The first segment of the posterior tarsi are on the lower side near the base with minute bristes. The sternopleuron lower side often has short, soft hairs. Eyes in the male in most cases are close-set or contiguous. Females of many species are not known as of yet.


  • Genus Amygdalops Lamb, 1914
  • Subfamily Anthomyiinae
  • Tribe Anthomyiini
Hylemya nigrimana
  • Tribe Chirosiini
  • Genus Chirosia Róndani, 1856
  • Genus Egle Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Lasiomma Stein, 1916
  • Genus Strobilomyia Michelsen, 1988
  • Tribe Hydrophoriini
  • Genus Acridomyia Stackelberg, 1929
  • Genus Adia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Boreophorbia Michelsen, 1987
  • Genus Coenosopsia Malloch, 1924
  • Genus Delia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Eustalomyia Kowarz, 1873
  • Genus Heterostylodes Hennig, 1967
  • Genus Hydrophoria Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Leucophora Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Paregle Schnabl, 1911
  • Genus Phorbia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Genus Subhylemyia Ringdahl, 1933
  • Genus Zaphne Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Subfamily Pegomyinae
  • Tribe Pegomyini
  • Genus Alliopsis Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911
  • Genus Emmesomyia Malloch, 1917
  • Genus Eutrichota Kowarz, 1893
  • Genus Mycophaga Rondani, 1856
  • Genus Paradelia Ringdahl, 1933
  • Genus Parapegomyia Griffiths, 1984
  • Genus Pegomya Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
  • Tribe Myopinini
  • Genus Pegoplata Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911
  • Genus Calythea Schnabl in Schnabl & Dziedzicki, 1911
  • Genus Myopina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
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See also


  1. Alan Weaving; Mike Picker; Griffiths, Charles Llewellyn (2003). Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. New Holland Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 1-86872-713-0.

Further reading


Species lists

External links

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