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Robber fly (Asilidae) with beetle prey
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha (but see text)
Superfamily: Asiloidea

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Asiloidea is a very large cosmopolitan superfamily of Diptera. The former infraorder Asilomorpha is paraphyletic and thus not a natural group; as its type taxon the Asiloidea would still belong there in any case, but current knowledge of brachyceran relationships would make it monotypic: the Cyclorrhapha appear to be the closest known relatives of the Asiloidea.

Though the ICZN does not regulate taxa higher than superfamilies, two approaches to deal with the problem are possible: either the Asilomorpha are abandoned, and the Asiloidea are treated as a member of the basal (i.e. non-Cyclorrhapha) radiation of Brachycera. On the other hand, it might be even more practical to synonymize the Asiloidea with the Asilomorpha and place the asiloid families in the infraorder directly, following the example of the Tabanomorpha.

A robber fly illustrating typical Asiloidea head features


Living families of Asiloidea are:

An extinct family from the Mesozoic are the Protapioceridae.



Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Robber Fly- Asilidae species with a Grass Yellow butterfly


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Antliophora
Ordo: Diptera
Subordo: Brachycera
Infraordo: Asilomorpha
Superfamilia: Asiloidea
Familiae: Apioceridae - Apsilocephalidae - Apystomyiidae - Asilidae - Bombyliidae - Evocoidae - Hilarimorphidae - Mydidae - Mythicomyiidae - Scenopinidae - Therevidae - †Protapioceridae



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  • Yamaguchi, C.; Lamas, C.J.E. 2009: A catalogue of the types of Asiloidea (Diptera) in the collection of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Part 1: Bombyliidae and Mydidae). Zootaxa, 2146: 35-52. Abstract & excerpt

Vernacular names

日本語: ムシヒキアブ上科


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