Sobarocephala flaviseta, copyright Katja Schulz.

Belongs within: Schizophora.

The Clusiidae are a group of relatively slender flies that are commonly associated with humid habitats. They are characterised by the possession of a porrect antenna with a dorsoapical arista and triangular extensions on the outer and sometimes inner distal margins of the pedicel (Lonsdale & Marshall 2010).

Characters (from Lonsdale & Marshall 2010): Relatively elongate flies. Colour various but usually all or partly yellow with wing frequently infuscated. Arista pubescent to densely plumose; vibrissa well developed; face usually soft, receding. Outer and sometimes inner distal margins of pedicel with triangular extensions, outer extension distinct and acute in Clusiinae and Sobarocephalinae, blunt and obtuse in Clusiodinae. Ocellar and/or postocellar bristles usually small to absent, divergent when present. Subcosta complete and subcostal break present (sometimes indistinct in Clusiodinae).

<==Clusiidae [Clusiodidae, Heteroneuridae]
    |  i. s.: Electroclusiodes LM10
    |           |--E. meunieri S87
    |           `--E. radiospinosa S87
    |         Trichoclusia M87
    |         Chaetoclusiella M87
    |--Clusiinae LM10
    |    |--Clusia lateralis LM10, WT11
    |    |--Phylloclusia LM10
    |    |--Tetrameringia ustulata LM10, O98
    |    |--Melanoclusia LM10
    |    `--Apiochaeta LM10
    |         |--A. bicolor LM10
    |         `--A. connexa LM10
    |--Sobarocephalinae LM10
    |    |--Chaetoclusia bakeri LM10
    |    |--Procerosoma alini LM10
    |    `--Sobarocephala LM10
    |         |--S. flava LM10
    |         |--S. flaviseta LM10
    |         |--S. lanei LM10
    |         |--S. latifrons LM10
    |         |--S. picta LM10
    |         `--S. testacea [incl. Chaetoclusia affinis] S87
    `--Clusiodinae LM10
         |--Craspedochaeta concinna LM10
         |--Clusiodes LM10
         |    |--C. albimanus LM10
         |    `--C. johnsoni LM10
         |--Hendelia LM10
         |    |--*H. beckeri LM10
         |    |--H. kinetrolicros LM10
         |    `--H. mirabilis [=Clusiodes mirabilis] LM10
         |--Heteromeringia [incl. Tranomeringia] LM10
         |    |--H. czernyi LM10
         |    |--H. fumipennis LM10
         |    |--H. nitida LM10
         |    `--H. norrisi CM91
         `--Allometopon LM10

*Type species of generic name indicated


[CM91] Colless, D. H., & D. K. McAlpine. 1991. Diptera (flies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 717–786. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[LM10] Lonsdale, O., & S. A. Marshall. 2010. Clusiidae (clusiid flies). In: Brown, B. V., A. Borkent, J. M. Cumming, D. M. Wood, N. E. Woodley & M. A. Zumbado (eds) Manual of Central American Diptera vol. 2 pp. 1041–1048. NRC Research Press: Ottawa.

[M87] McAlpine, J. F. 1987. Acartophthalmidae. In: McAlpine, J. F. (ed.) Manual of Nearctic Diptera vol. 2 pp. 859–861. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada.

[O98] Oosterbroek, P. 1998. The Families of Diptera of the Malay Archipelago. Brill: Leiden.

[S87] Soós, Á. 1987. Clusiidae. In: McAlpine, J. F. (ed.) Manual of Nearctic Diptera vol. 2 pp. 853–857. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada.

[WT11] Wiegmann, B. M., M. D. Trautwein, I. S. Winkler, N. B. Barr, J.-W. Kim, C. Lambkin, M. A. Bertone, B. K. Cassel, K. M. Bayless, A. M. Heimberg, B. M. Wheeler, K. J. Peterson, T. Pape, B. J. Sinclair, J. H. Skevington, V. Blagoderov, J. Caravas, S. N. Kutty, U. Schmidt-Ott, G. E. Kampmeier, F. C. Thompson, D. A. Grimaldi, A. T. Beckenbach, G. W. Courtney, M. Friedrich, R. Meier & D. K. Yeates. 2011. Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108 (14): 5690–5695.

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