Checklist of the fly families Chamaemyiidae and Lauxaniidae of Finland (Insecta, Diptera)
expand article infoJere Kahanpää
‡ University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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A revised checklist of the Chamaemyiidae and Lauxaniidae (Diptera) recorded from Finland is presented.


Checklist, Finland, Diptera , biodiversity, faunistics


Three families are currently recognized in Lauxanoidea, two of which are present in Finland. The exception is the beetle flies (Celyphidae), which are restricted to the Oriental and Afrotropical Regions.

The silvery white flies of the family Chamaemyiidae are poorly studied in Finland. Reliable identification of most species is, at least for now, only possible by the examination of male genitalia. Unfortunately many species have not been adequately (re)described which has resulted in much confusion about the proper use of species names. It is likely that several additional chamaemyiid species will be found in Finland. Of the two subfamilies of chamaemyiids, Cremifaniinae is absent from Finland. Chamaemyiinae is split into two tribes, Chamaemyiini and Leucopini, although the monophyly of the former has not yet been demonstrated (Gaimari 2010).

The lauxaniids are better known both in Finland and worldwide. Additional species are still likely to be found in the country, especially among Homoneura and Sapromyza. Of the three subfamilies, the Eurychoromyiinae, a strictly Neotropical group (Gaimari and Silva 2010a), is absent from the Palaearctic. The other two subfamilies, Homoneurinae and Lauxaniinae, are both present in Finland The subfamily Lauxaniinae is probably paraphyletic as currently defined (Gaimari and Silva 2010b).

The Finnish species of these families were last listed by Hackman (1980). Kahanpää (2013) reviewed the changes in the Finnish lauxaniid fauna since 1980.

Number of species (Chamaemyiidae, Lauxaniidae):

World: 336 (S. Gaimari, pers. comm. March 18, 2014), 1895 species (Pape et al. 2011)

Europe: 107, 157 species (Fauna Europaea)

Finland: 27–28, 45 species

Faunistic knowledge level in Finland: poor, average


suborder Brachycera Macquart, 1834

clade Eremoneura Lameere, 1906

clade Cyclorrhapha Brauer, 1863

infraorder Schizophora Becher, 1882

clade Muscaria Enderlein, 1936

parvorder Acalyptratae Macquart, 1835

superfamily Lauxanoidea Macquart, 1835



tribe Chamaemyiini Hendel, 1910

ACROMETOPIA Schiner, 1862

Acrometopia wahlbergi (Zetterstedt, 1846)

CHAMAEMYIA Meigen, 1803

Chamaemyia aestiva Tanasijtshuk, 1970

Chamaemyia aridella (Fallén, 1823)

Chamaemyia elegans (Panzer, 1809)

Chamaemyia emiliae Tanasijtshuk, 1970

Chamaemyia flavipalpis (Haliday, 1838)

Chamaemyia geniculata (Zetterstedt, 1838)

? Chamaemyia herbarum (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830) sensu Coe, 1943

Chamaemyia juncorum (Fallén, 1823)

Chamaemyia paludosa Collin, 1966

Chamaemyia polystigma (Meigen, 1830)

Chamaemyia sylvatica Collin, 1966


sg. Euestelia Enderlein, 1927

Parochthiphila coronata (Loew, 1858)

sg. Parochthiphila Czerny, 1904

Parochthiphila spectabilis (Loew, 1858)

tribe Lecopini Hendel, 1928

ANCHIOLEUCOPIS Tanasijtshuk 1997

Anchioleucopis geniculata (Zetterstedt, 1855)

LEUCOPIS Meigen, 1830

Leucopis annulipes Zetterstedt, 1848

Leucopis argentata Heeger, 1848

= conciliata McAlpine & Tanasijtshuk, 1972

= argenticollis auct. nec Zetterstedt, 1848

Leucopis atritarsis Tanasijtshuk, 1958

Leucopis glyphinivora Tanasijtshuk, 1958

Leucopis griseola (Fallén, 1823)

Leucopis sorbi Tanasijtshuk, 1986

Leucopis sp. cf. szepligetii Aczel, 1937

NEOLEUCOPIS Malloch, 1921

Neoleucopis atratula (Ratzeburg, 1844)

Neoleucopis freyi (McAlpine, 1971)

Neoleucopis obscura (Haliday, 1833)

Neoleucopis orbiseta (McAlpine, 1971)

LEUCOPOMYIA Malloch, 1921

Leucopomyia silesiaca (Egger, 1862)

= alticeps misid.

LIPOLEUCOPIS de Meijere, 1928

Lipoleucopis praecox de Meijere, 1928

LAUXANIIDAE Macquart, 1835

HOMONEURINAE Stuckenberg, 1971

HOMONEURA van der Wulp, 1891

Homoneura biumbrata (Loew, 1873)

= tesquae misid.

Homoneura lamellata (Becker, 1895)

Homoneura mediospinosa Merz, 2003

= interstincta auct. nec (Fallén, 1820)

Homoneura tenera (Loew, 1846)

LAUXANIINAE Macquart, 1835


Aulogastromyia anisodactyla (Loew, 1845)

CALLIOPUM Strand, 1928

Calliopum aeneum (Fallén, 1820)

Calliopum elisae (Meigen, 1826)

= nitens auct. nec (Loew, 1858)

CNEMACANTHA Macquart, 1835

Cnemacantha muscaria (Fallén, 1823)

LAUXANIA Latreille, 1804

sg. Czernushka Shatalkin, 2000

Lauxania albomaculata Strobl, 1909

sg. Lauxania Latreille, 1804

Lauxania cylindricornis (Fabricius, 1794)

MEIOSIMYZA Hendel, 1925

= Lycia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 preocc.

= Lyciella Collin, 1948

Meiosimyza affinis (Zetterstedt, 1847)

Meiosimyza decempunctata (Fallén, 1820)

Meiosimyza decipiens (Loew, 1847)

Meiosimyza illota (Loew, 1847)

Meiosimyza laeta (Zetterstedt, 1838)

Meiosimyza platycephala (Loew, 1847)

Meiosimyza rorida (Fallén, 1820)

Meiosimyza subfasciata (Zetterstedt, 1838)

MINETTIA Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

sg. Frendelia Collin, 1948

Minettia longipennis (Fabricius, 1794)

sg. Minettia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

Minettia desmometopa (de Meijere, 1907)

Minettia lupulina (Fabricius, 1787)

sg. Plesiominettia Shatalkin, 2000

Minettia helvola (Becker, 1895)

Minettia loewi (Schiner, 1864)

Minettia filia (Becker, 1895)

sg. unplaced in ?Minettia (see Notes)

Minettia styriaca (Strobl, 1892)

PACHYCERINA Macquart, 1835

Pachycerina pulchra (Loew, 1850)

Pachycerina seticornis (Fallén, 1820)

PEPLOMYZA Haliday, 1837

Peplomyza discoidea (Meigen, 1830)

POECILOLYCIA Shewell, 1986

Poecilolycia vittata (Walker, 1849)

= quadrivittata (Loew, 1861)

PSEUDOLYCIELLA Shatalkin, 2000

Pseudolyciella pallidiventris (Fallén, 1820)

Pseudolyciella stylata (Papp, 1978)

SAPROMYZA Fallén, 1810

sg. Nannomyza Frey, 1941

Sapromyza basalis Zetterstedt, 1847

sg. Sapromyza Fallén, 1810

Sapromyza albiceps (Fallén, 1820)

Sapromyza amabilis Frey, 1930

Sapromyza apicalis Loew, 1847

= obsoleta misid.

Sapromyza opaca Becker, 1895

= imitatrix Czerny, 1932

= leningradensis misid.

Sapromyza schnabli Papp, 1987

Sapromyza setiventris Zetterstedt, 1847

Sapromyza sexpunctata Meigen, 1826

= atechna Becker, 1895

= pellucida Becker, 1895

Sapromyza simplicior Hendel, 1908

Sapromyza zetterstedti Hendel, 1908

sg. Schumannimyia Papp, 1978

Sapromyza hyalinata (Meigen, 1826)


Sapromyzosoma quadripunctata (Linnaeus, 1767)


Tricholauxania praeusta (Fallén, 1820)


Trigonometopus frontalis (Meigen, 1830)

Excluded species

Homoneura dilecta (Rondani, 1868) misidentification

Leucopis impunctata von Roser, 1840 nomen dubium

Leucopis puncticornis Meigen, 1830 nomen dubium

Sapromyza thoracica Becker, 1895 nomen dubium

Neoparoecus signatipes (Loew, 1856) not found within present borders

Sapromyza leningradensis Czerny, 1932 nomen dubium ?


Several chamaemyiid species mentioned in this checklist have not been previously recorded from Finland. A paper detailing the new records is in preparation.

Chamaemyia herbarum (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830). A poorly known species. The name has been widely used for various Chamaemyia species in the past. Coe (1943) and Collin (1966) applied this name (without seeing types) to a species which may be C. subjuncorum Tanasijtshuk, 1980 (sensu Beschovski, 1995). Czerny (1936) and Tanasijtshuk (1986) listed this species as a junior synonym of Chamaemyia juncorum (Fallén). Most Finnish specimens under this name are either unidentifiable females or belong to other species, most frequently C. aestiva Tanasijtshuk, 1970, but some specimens probably belonging to C. herbarum R.-D. sensu Coe have been found in Finland.

Minettia (?) styriaca (Strobl, 1892). This species, originally described in Sapromyza, has traditionally been placed in Minettia. Unfortunately Strobl’s description, which was based on a single female, is rather short and unillustrated. The holotype is lost according to Chvála (2008). The Finnish and Russian material in the Finnish Museum of Natural History (MZH) identified as Minettia styriaca (see Kahanpää 2013 for data and a photograph) matches Strobl’s description, but these specimens lack the postsutural supra-alar setae found in Minettia (and many other genera).


I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Gaimari for his valuable comments and suggestions on improving this paper.


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