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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Family: Ropalomeridae
Linder, 1930


The Ropalomeridae are a family of acalyptrate flies.[1][2]


Ropalomeridae are robust flies of 6–12 mm (0.24–0.47 in) body length, with a superficial resemblance to the Sarcophagidae in terms of body colour. The hind femora are conspicuously enlarged and the hind tibia is often laterally flattened and broadened and with broad, excavated vertex.[3]


The biology of ropalomerid flies is little known, although they are thought to associated with rotting wood.[2]


The Ropalomeridae currently comprise about 30 species distributed in 9 genera. Ropalomera is by far the largest genus of the family, with 15 known species.[3]

These nine genera belong to the family Ropalomeridae:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[4] c = Catalogue of Life,[5] g = GBIF,[6] b =[7]


The Ropalomeridae are predominantly Neotropical, found from the southern United States to northern Argentina, with a single species (Rhytidops floridensis) known from the Nearctic region. Most species occur in the central portion of South America.[2]


  1. ^ Brake, Irina (5 December 2011). "Ropalomeridae". The Diptera Site. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Ibáñez-Bernal, Sergio; Hernández-Ortiz, Vicente (2010). "76". In Brown, B.V.; Borkent, A.; Cumming, J.M.; Wood, D.M.; Woodley, N.E.; Zumbado, M. (eds.). Manual of Central American Diptera (Print). 2. Ottawa, Canada: NRC Research Press. pp. 1025–1030. ISBN 0-660-19958-0.
  3. ^ a b Kirst, Frederico Dutra; Ale-Rocha, Rosaly (2012). "Taxonomic revision of the Amazonian species of Ropalomera Wiedemann, 1824 (Diptera: Ropalomeridae)" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 3151: 1–27.
  4. ^ "Ropalomeridae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  5. ^ "Browse Ropalomeridae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  6. ^ "Ropalomeridae". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  7. ^ "Ropalomeridae Family Information". Retrieved 2018-05-04.

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