Long-legged Flies. A large family of slender flies, moderate to small in size. Often metallic, and greenish, bluish or bronzy. Some are strongly sexually dimorphic with some bizarre modifications in the male. Mouthparts are predacious, both adult and larva prey on other insects. An unusually rich fauna is found on smooth-barked trees which are used as leks or for mating assemblies.     [320 Aust. species]

All species pictured have their DNA in the Barcode of Life Database.

Afroparclius thompsoni Austrosciapus connexus Chrysosoma crinicorne Chrysosoma leucopogon
DolichopodidGC sp. 1 DolichopodidGC sp. 2 DolichopodidGC sp. 3 DolichopodidGC sp. 4
DolichopodidGC sp. 5 DolichopodidGC sp. 6 DolichopodidGC sp. 7 DolichopodidGC sp. 8
Medetera sp. GC1 Neurigona sp. GC1 Neurigona sp. GC2 Paraclius sp. GC1
Sympycnus anomalipennis Thinophilus sp. GC1    

Thanks to Dan Bickel for identifications.


Insects of Australia (Chapter 39: Diptera)

D.H. Colless and D.K. McAlpine

CSIRO, Division of Entomology

1137pp (2 volumes), Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1999.

page 760