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BRACHYCERA, Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae, Carnoidea

Number of British species: 10

Size: T-S

Difficulty: 3-4


Minute to small (1.5-3.5 mm), yellow to black flies with a grey, yellowish, or brownish pruinosity. Arista bare to short pubescent; ocelli present; Ocellar bristles present; Postvertical bristles converging; 1-5pairs of frontal bristles, the upper ones curving outward or backward, the lower pairs, if present, curving outward, forward and/or inward; interfrontal bristles present or absent; vibrissa-like bristles present, in some cases small and inconspicuous; in the subfamily Tethininae a small lustrous bulge in between the antennae and the anterior vibrissa-like bristle. Wing unmarked, with a pale yellow to brownish tinge; Costa with a subcostal break; vein Sc first running parallel to and then merging with R1 just before the costa; crossvein BM-Cu absent or very faded; cell cup present but small. Tibiae without dorsal preapical bristle.


Tethinidae are almost exclusively halophilous flies, mainly found along the coast although they occur in saline inland habitats as well; only a few species are also known from habitats that are apparently without increased salinity (forests, meadows, deserts). They are often present in great numbers. Some species are recorded from secondarily man-created habitats, such as meadows polluted by industrial emissions, slaughterhouses and poultry farms, where they live synanthropically in alkaline damp places.


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