Galapagos Species Checklist


The Diptera are flies with only a single pair of wings, the second pair being reduced to halters (knobs on short stems). True flies can thus be distinguished from other flying insects, such as mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, etc. Some true flies, however, have become secondarily wingless.

The Diptera are one of the largest insect orders, containing an estimated 240,000 species worldwide. They are also of significant ecological, medical, and economic importance.

As in most island faunas, the Diptera of the Galapagos are unbalanced or disharmonic compared to the mainland fauna.
The diversity and ecology of the Diptera in the Neotropical source area determines which of them can and cannot not arrive and survive in Galapagos. For example, the absence or poor representation of many aquatic groups is because most of the islands lack permanent fresh water.

Author: Bradley J. Sinclair.

Other Contributors: Sandra Abedrabbo, Léon L. Baert, Fabián Bersosa, Ruth Boada, Carolina Calderon, Charlotte Causton, Germania Estévez, Birgit Fessl, Lilian Guzmán, John M. Heraty, Henri W. Herrera, Bernard Landry, María T. Lasso, Maria Piedad Lincango, E. G. Linsley, Yale Lubin, Alejandro Mieles, Renato Oquendo, Christine E. Parent, Stewart B. Peck, Helmut W. Rogg, Lázaro Roque-Álbelo, Leslie Usinger.

Last updated: July 4, 2017

Names of taxa included: 301 total (247 accepted, 43 unidentified taxon, 10 doubtful, 1 new to science), 4 rejected.

Origin of the taxa included: 72 accidental, 36 questionable accidental, 3 questionable native, 104 endemic, 41 indigenous.

Adding up the number of species in each category will not always equal the total number indicated. Some species have insufficient data to be categorized while others (e.g., category eradicated) will not be included in the total.

Diptera Species Checklist

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Domain Eukaryota

Kingdom Animalia

Division Arthropoda

Class Insecta

Order Diptera

Suborder Brachycera

Family Agromyzidae

Family Anthomyzidae

Family Asilidae

Family Asteiidae

Family Aulacigastridae

Family Bombyliidae

Family Calliphoridae

Family Canacidae

Family Carnidae

Family Chloropidae

Family Chyromyidae

Family Dolichopodidae

Family Drosophilidae

Family Ephydridae

Family Fanniidae

Family Heleomyzidae

Family Hippoboscidae

Family Hybotidae

Family Lonchaeidae

Family Milichiidae

Family Muscidae

Family Neriidae

Family Nycteribiidae

Family Odiniidae

Family Phoridae

Family Piophilidae

Family Pipunculidae

Family Sarcophagidae

Family Scenopinidae

Family Sepsidae

Family Sphaeroceridae

Family Stratiomyidae

Family Syrphidae

Family Tabanidae

Family Tachinidae

Family Tephritidae

Family Ulidiidae

Suborder Nematocera

Family Cecidomyiidae

Family Ceratopogonidae

Family Chironomidae

Family Culicidae

Family Limoniidae

Family Mycetophilidae

Family Psychodidae

Family Scatopsidae

Family Sciaridae

Family Simuliidae

Superfamily Tipuloidea

Family Limoniidae

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June 6, 2013 csv 101.6 kb pdf 92.1 kb
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Dec. 14, 2012 csv 96.1 kb pdf 86.1 kb
May 20, 2012 csv 94.4 kb pdf 65.9 kb
April 13, 2011 csv 229.9 kb pdf 66.2 kb

You are welcome to download and use this information acknowledging the origin of the data.
This list should be cited as follows:

Sinclair, B. J. (2017). CDF Checklist of Galapagos Flies - FCD Lista de especies de Moscas y mosquitos de Galápagos. In: Bungartz, F., Herrera, H., Jaramillo, P., Tirado, N., Jiménez-Uzcátegui, G., Ruiz, D., Guézou, A. & Ziemmeck, F. (eds.). Charles Darwin Foundation Galapagos Species Checklist - Lista de Especies de Galápagos de la Fundación Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin Foundation / Fundación Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos: Last updated 04 Jul 2017.