Big-headed fly Eudorylas sp., photographed by Nikola Rahmé.

Belongs within: Neoneura.
Contains: Platypezoidea, Schizophora, Syrphidae.

The Cyclorrhapha are a clade of flies in which the larvae have developed the familiar 'maggot' form, with the head desclerotised and invaginated into the body. The earliest cyclorrhaphans are known from the Cretaceous (Grimaldi & Engel 2005). Living cyclorrhaphans include Lonchoptera, a cosmopolitan genus of small, slender flies with apically pointed wings. The Pipunculidae, big-headed flies, have enormous holoptic eyes that cover almost the entire head. Their larvae are parasitoids of other insects; the hosts are usually Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) though species of the genus Nephrocerus attack adult crane flies (Tipulidae) (Rafael & Skevington 2010).

Synapomorphies (from Grimaldi & Engel 2005): Face with pair or more of thick vibrissae; abdominal plaques lost in adults; embryos not developing in amnion; larvae saprophagous 'maggots' with maxilla absent, head desclerotised and invaginated; pupariation in ecdysed cuticle of last larval instar; arista with two small basal segments; proboscis retractile, withdrawn at rest into large oral cavity; female terminalia without acanthophorite spines.

<==Cyclorrhapha [Aschiza, Muscides, Muscomorpha, Myionomorpha]
    |  i. s.: Neria cibaria WJ18
    |--Chimeromyia GE05
    `--+--Lonchopterites prisca GE05
       `--+--+--Platypezoidea WT11
          |  `--+--Lonchopteromorpha asetocella GE05
          |     `--Lonchoptera Meigen 1803 P87 (see below for synonymy)
          |          |--L. bifurcata BW09 [incl. L. dubia CM91, L. furcata O98]
          |          |--L. borealis P87
          |          |--L. fallax P87
          |          |--L. lutea P87
          |          |--L. occidentalis P87
          |          |--L. tristis P87
          |          `--L. uniseta WT11
          `--+--Schizophora RS10
             `--Syrphoidea RS10
                  |--Syrphidae RS10
                  `--Pipunculidae [Dorilaidae] RS10
                       |  i. s.: Alloneura A71
                       |         Collinias RS10
                       |         Beckerias CM91
                       |--Nephrocerinae [Nephrocerini] RS10
                       |    |--Protonephrocerus collini RS10, H87
                       |    `--Nephrocerus RS10
                       |         |--N. daeckei H87
                       |         `--N. slossonae RS10
                       |--Chalarinae RS10
                       |    |--Chalarus spurius H87
                       |    |--Jassidophaga RS10
                       |    `--Verrallia RS10
                       |         |--V. aucta A71
                       |         `--V. virginica RS10
                       `--Pipunculinae RS10
                            |--Tomosvaryella [Tomosvaryellini] RS10
                            |    |--T. nyctias MC13
                            |    `--T. sylvatica RS10
                            |--Microcephalops [Microcephalopsini] RS10
                            |    |--M. latifrons [=Cephalops latifrons] RS10
                            |    `--M. williamsi RS10
                            |--Cephalops [Cephalopsini] RS10
                            |    |--C. cochleatus RS10
                            |    |--C. longistylis WT11
                            |    `--C. mauritianus A71
                            |--Pipunculini H87
                            |    |--Cephalosphaera H87
                            |    |    |--C. parthenopipis RS10
                            |    |    |--C. (Neocephalosphaera) petila RS10
                            |    |    `--C. (Cephalosphaera) prionotaina RS10
                            |    |--Dorylomorpha H87
                            |    |    |--D. (Dorylomyia) beckeri RS10
                            |    |    |--D. (Pipunculina) borealis RS10
                            |    |    |--D. canadensis RS10
                            |    |    `--D. exilis RS10
                            |    `--Pipunculus Latreille 1802 L02 [incl. Dorilas CM91, Parapipunculus RS10]
                            |         |--*P. campestris L02
                            |         |--P. ater M90
                            |         |--P. cinerascens B88
                            |         |--P. fuscus RS10
                            |         |--P. luteicornis RS10
                            |         |--P. sylvaticus K01
                            |         `--P. torus RS10
                            `--Eudorylini RS10
                                 |--Basileunculus rex RS10
                                 |--Claraeola RS10
                                 |--Elmohardyia RS10
                                 |    |--E. atlantica RS10
                                 |    `--E. doelloi RS10
                                 |--Dasydorylas RS10
                                 |    |--D. eucalypti RS10
                                 |    `--D. filiformis Kehlmaier 2005 F05
                                 |--Allomethus RS10
                                 |    |--A. brimleyi RS10
                                 |    |--A. catharinensis RS10
                                 |    `--A. rotundicornis RS10
                                 `--Eudorylas [incl. Metadorylas] RS10
                                      |--E. auctus Kehlmaier 2005 F05
                                      |--E. ibericus Kehlmaier 2005 F05
                                      |--E. moffattensis RS10
                                      |--E. mutillatus RS10
                                      |--E. schreiteri RS10
                                      |--E. venturai Kehlmaier 2005 F05
                                      `--E. zonatus A71

Lonchoptera Meigen 1803 P87 [incl. Musidora Meigen 1800 (nom. inv.) P87; Acroptera, Anatriata, Lonchopteridae WT11, Lonchopteroidea, Lonchopteromorpha, Musidoridae]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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