General Aspects



Tsetse flies compose a family of their own, Glossinidae, which is placed within the Hippoboscoidea due to the morphological and reproductive similarities of tsetse flies to keds and other hippoboscid flies (McAlpine, 1989). Glossinidae includes the single genus Glossina with 23 species, 6 of which are further divided into 14 subspecies (Gouteux, 1987; Potts, 1973). Glossina (‘tongue fly’, in reference to the prominent proboscis) species are arranged in three subgenera – Austenina, Nemorhina, and Glossina – that correspond roughly with groups of species found in different ecological settings. The subgenera often are cited by their group names: the fusca group (Austenina), the palpalis group (Nemorhina), and the morsitans group (Glossina).

Further information

  • Gouteux JP: [A new Glossina from the Congo: Glossina (Austenina) frezili sp. nov. (Diptera: Glossinidae).] Trop Med Parasitol. 1987, 38, 97-100 [in French]
  • McAlpine JF: Phylogeny and classification of the Muscomorpha. In: McAlpine JF, Wood DM (eds.): Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Vol. 3, Monograph No. 32, 1989, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, pp 1397-518
  • Potts WH: Glossinidae (tsetse flies). In: Smith KGV (ed.): Insects and other Arthropods of Medical Importance. 1973, British Museum (Natural History), London, pp 209-49

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