Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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E.-M.E. Bugledich, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Cecidomyiinae are by far the largest subfamily of gall midges. Gagné (1994) divided into four supertribes: Brachineuridi, Cecidomyiidi, Lasiopteridi, and Stomatosematidi, an arrangement that is not reported here.
Cecidomyiinae contains all plant feeding and predaceous cecidomyiids, as well as groups that have retained or reacquired the ancient fungal diet. Fossil species of this subfamily are common in amber but not yet known earlier than the Cenozoic.
The subfamily is monophyletic, characterized by the following synapomorphies: the ventrally separated gonocoxites; the reduced number of flagellomeres from the primitive 14 found in most other Sciaroidea, including the subfamily Porricondylinae, to 13, 12, or fewer, or an augmented number of more than 12 that is usually irregular within a species; and the presence of only two dorsal papillae on the eighth 393 larval abdominal segment.
Kolesik (2015) provided a key to adults of Australian cecidomyiine genera.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
14-Jun-2017 CECIDOMYIIDAE 06-Apr-2017 MODIFIED
25-Feb-2013 25-Feb-2013 MODIFIED
16-Nov-2011 16-Nov-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)