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#1 2010-12-10 19:09:04

Judy Webb
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the hairy wingless fly

Just look at the wonderful photos of this amazing strange fly in the Daily Mail article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ … l?ITO=1490 

How can you classify a fly without any wing venation, presume DNA would give the answer!

Judy

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#2 2010-12-10 21:56:35

muscapaul
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

Wing venation is not everything, you know? There are plenty of other characters that have been used instead of or in addition to wing characters. The general build reminds me of some heleomyzoid groups but DNA and perhaps body musculature, larvae, eggs and male genitalia probably will tell more.

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#3 2010-12-10 22:46:18

conopid
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

This made the BBC website Home page too. I don't why it is a "terrible" hairy fly though. Surely it should be Amazing Hairy Fly!


Nigel Jones
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#4 2010-12-14 22:44:30

schultmay
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

Judy, it has rudimentary wings and halteres.

Barbara

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#5 2011-05-06 14:59:11

schultmay
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

It is a Mormotomyiidae, a fly only found in this one area of Africa and does not occur in the UK.  The link in Judy's message gives more detail.

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#6 2011-09-02 22:24:17

stephen789
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

Hello,
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Last edited by KenMerrifield (2011-09-04 22:03:32)

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#7 2011-09-03 21:09:43

falky
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

I guess that why Hennig invented cladistics - dipterists are good at illucidating relationships and attempting truthfull classifications. But when are the ornithologists going to sink new world vultures under the stork order (which is what all the evidence seems to points to) or sort out the artiodactyls (which includes Cetaceans!). But I'm still not sure about the merits of Homo troglodytes.

PS I'm not even thinking about Xmas yet, still hoping to get a few BBQs in before autumn.

Falky

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#8 2011-09-03 21:26:16

muscapaul
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Re: the hairy wingless fly

Visit us tomorrow night and you can join in. We are having a BBQ. smile

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