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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Cyclorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Muscidae
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Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Posterior abdominal segment lacking tubercles other than those bearing spiracles
  • Prothoracic spiracles, if present, fan shaped and usually with less than 10 papillae
  • Cephalopharyngeal skeleton (head) with oral sclerite below mouth hooks
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Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008