Select Brachycera Families (Diptera) in Jammu and Kashmir State

  • Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo
  • Shahid Ali Akbar
  • Ghulam Mustafa Shah
  • Ulfat Jan
Part of the Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation book series (TOBC, volume 18)


The chapter presents an inventory of select dipteran families Bombyliidae (bee flies), Conopidae (thick-headed flies), Dryomyzidae (Dryomyzid flies), Megamerinidae (Megamerinid flies), Stratiomyidae (soldier flies), Syrphidae (hover flies), and Ulidiidae (picture-winged flies) recorded from Jammu and Kashmir State. Altogether 107 valid species have been reported from the State. Family Syrphidae is the most diverse with 88 species grouped in 33 genera followed by Bombyliidae with 7 species in 6 genera. Conopidae represents 6 species belonging to 4 genera, while Stratiomyidae is represented by 3 species placed in 3 genera. Dryomyzidae, Megamerinidae, and Ulidiidae each are represented by a single species. The inventory can serve as a baseline data for undertaking future studies on dipteran fauna in Jammu and Kashmir.


Diptera Bee flies Thick-headed flies Soldier flies Hover flies Jammu and Kashmir State 



Financial assistance to the first author rendered by the University Grants Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, under the D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (No. F.4-2/2006 (BSR)/BL/13-14/0148), is gratefully acknowledged. We thank our colleague Amir Maqbool for photographing dipteran specimens.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo
    • 1
  • Shahid Ali Akbar
    • 2
  • Ghulam Mustafa Shah
    • 3
  • Ulfat Jan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyGovernment Degree CollegeShopianIndia
  2. 2.Division of Plant Protection, Department of EntomologyCentral Institute of Temperate HorticultureSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of KashmirSrinagarIndia

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