What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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Sciadocera rufomaculata White, of eastern Australia and the New Zealand, lives mainly in cool forests. The larvae apparently live in carrion and can be cultured in the laboratory (Fuller 1934; R. Meier, pers. comm.).


The family is closely related to Phoridae, with which it is occasionally merged, despite its more primitive wing venation. As the typical phorids almost certainly form a monophyletic group without the sciadocerids, the matter of family synonymy is subjective.


The genus Archiphora includes an extant species of temperate South America as well as Cretaceous-Tertiary fossil taxa of the Northern Hemisphere (Grimaldi & Cumming 1999). There is only one Australian species.

  • Adults and maggots of Sciadocera sp.