Haematopota (genus)

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Haematopota Meigen, 1803 - (clegs)

This large genus of horse and deer flies contains more than 500 species and has a wide distribution. However, it is absent in Australia, New Zealand and the neotropical region. The adult females feed on larger mammals and some species are specialized on bovine, other livestock or human hosts.

The adults are typically 7-12 mm long with a dark colouration and an ornate pattern of lighter patches and marks. They have a wide faces and elongate antennae (longer than head). Often, the eyes are hairy and in life have several wavy bands.

For a taxonomic review of the genus see Morita et al., 2016.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: