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 +====== Tanypezidae ======
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 +===== Classification =====
 +BRACHYCERA, Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae, Diopsoidea
 +**Number of British species:** 1
 +**Size:** [[families:size|M]]
 +**Difficulty:** [[families:difficulty|2]]
 +**Study group:** Covered by the [[http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t14-Stilt-stalk-study-group.html|Stilt and Stalk fly study group]]
 +===== Characters =====
 +The only European species, //Tanypeza longimana//, isa slender, black lustrous, medium sized (5-8 mm) fly with silvery markings on the head and the sides of the thorax, and with long, slender, largely yellow legs. Head rounded; arista pubescent; ocelli present; Ocellar bristles present; Postvertical bristles diverging; 2 pairs of frontal bristles, curving backward; interfrontal bristles absent; vibrissae absent. Wing unmarked, costa with a weak subcostal break; vein Sc reaching the costa, running parallel to vein R<sub>1</sub> and approaching or touching it just before reaching the costa; crossvein BM-Cu present; cell cup closed. Tibiae without dorsal preapical bristle.
 +===== Biology =====
 +The larvae of //T. longimana// feed on rotting vegetable matter, possibly in decaying wood or other plant detritus. The adults prefer low vegetation in moist woodland, in particular near water.
 +===== Identification =====
 +[[refs:c:chandler_1975|Chandler (1975)]], [[refs:c:collin_1945|Collin (1945)]]
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