Brown, Brian V. Entomology Section, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California.
- History and diversity
- Parasitoid lifestyle
- Other phorid types
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Phorids, also known as humpbacked flies or scuttle flies, are small insects [having body lengths of 0.4–6 mm (0.016–0.24 in.)] and are found worldwide. There are approximately 4000 described species of the family Phoridae in the world, but this is estimated to be only 10% of the true diversity. Revisionary work on phorids continually encounters new species, even in relatively well-sampled regions such as Europe. The tropics, especially the New World tropics, are the most species-rich areas for these flies, but they are found in virtually all terrestrial habitats, including above the tree line in the Arctic. The larvae of some phorid flies are aquatic.
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