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van Emden, F.I.,, 1954

Diptera: Cyclorrhapha Calyptrata (I) Sect (a) Tachinidae and Calliphoridae

Classic old-style RES handbook dichotomous keys to the British species.

The Tachinidae key is widely regarded as one of the most difficult in the RES Handbooks. Most of the problem lies in the initial key to subfamilies; after that it's more straightforward. Belshaw's more recent key is much easier to use, but the present work remains useful for the figures of genitalia.

Calliphoridae (apart from Rhinophorinae - now Rhinophoridae) has been superseded by the two Faun. Ent. Scan. volumes

Can be downloaded from the Royal Entomological Society website.

Publisher The Royal Entomological Society of London (RES)
Volume Vol X. Part 4(a)
Pages 133
Web site
Coverage Covers all UK species known at the time.
Illustrations Rather pokey line drawings with the text.
Identify Under a Stereo Microscope.
Specimen Prep. Pinned specimens set to show prosternum.
Difficulty Tachinidae: very difficult and often unusable.
Calliphoridae (s.L.) moderately straightforward.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

CALLIPHORIDAE (blow-flies, blue-bottles, green bottles) Identification Superseded
RHINOPHORIDAE (woodlouse parasitoid flies) Identification Current P97.
SARCOPHAGIDAE (flesh flies) Identification Superseded
TACHINIDAE (parasitoid flies) Identification Superseded The newer Belshaw key is much easier.
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