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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Cyclorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Sciomyzidae
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Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Cephalopharyngeal skeleton with a sclerotized ventral arch below base of mouth hooks, its anterior margin usually toothed
  • Body segments often extensively covered with short, fine hairs
  • Anal division often somewhat tapered, its apex with tubercles surrounding posterior spiracles that are only slightly elevated
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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