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North American Dipterists Society

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North American Dipterists Society


Myia, whose current byline is the International Journal of the North American Dipterists Society, is a print-publication produced on an irregular schedule and is devoted to the dissemination of research and other information about flies (Diptera). Starting with Volume 9, this journal began its affiliation with the North American Dipterists Society.

The series was established in 1979 by Paul H. Arnaud, Jr., and supported in part by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Volumes 1–6 were produced and distributed by Paul between 1979 and 2001, with the following volumes published, noting the Volumes 7 and 8 were reserved for Paul but never were completed:

  • Volume 1 (1979), Arnaud — A catalog of the types of Diptera in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences), 505 pp.
  • Volume 2 (1981), Arnaud & Owen — Charles Howard Curran (1894–1972), vi + 393 pp.
  • Volume 3 (1985), Arnaud & Lane (editors) — Contributions to the study of Tabanidae (Diptrea) in honor of Cornelius Beck Philip, viii + 714 pp.
  • Volume 4 (1989), Kessel — Autobiographical Anecdotes (I Was a Preacher's Kid), xxx + 234 pp.
  • Volume 5 (1990, 1994), Arnaud (editor) — Miscellaneous Contributions, pp 1–40 (1990 [August 20]), iv + pp 41—240 (1994 [July 29]).
    • Arnaud & Byers — Holorusia hespera, a new name for Holorusia grandis (Bergroth) (=Holorusia rubiginosa Loew) (Diptera: Tipulidae), pp 1-9.
    • Williams, Arnaud & Lowe — Parasitism of Anuroctonus phaiodactylus (Wood) and Vaejovis spinigerus (Wood) (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) by Spilochaetosoma californicum Smith (Diptera: Tachinidae), and a review of parasitism in scorpions, pp 11—27.
    • Arnaud — Historical account and illustrations of the specimen identified as the male of Lespesia ciliata (Macquart) by Robineau-Desvoidy in 1863 (Diptera: Tachinidae), pp 29—40.
    • Arnaud & Boussy — The adult Thaumaleidae (Diptera: Culicomorpha) of western America, pp 41—152.
    • Gillespie, Barr & Elliott — The taxonomy and biology of the immature stages of species of Thaumalea occuring in Idaho and California (Diptera: Thaumaleidae), pp 153—193.
    • Boussy, Gillespie & Arnaud — External structure of larval Thaumalea buckae Arnaud and Boussy (Diptera: Thaumaleidae), pp 195—201.
    • Arnaud — Tipula efembrowni a new name for Tipula decorata Brown, 1985 (Diptera: Tipulidae), pp 203—205.
    • Arnaud — Tachina garretti a new name for the Nearctic Tachina pilosa (Tothill, 1924) (Diptera: Tachinidae), pp 207—208.
    • Arnaud — The Rudolf Hans Bock Lepidoptera Collection donated to the California Academy of Sciences, pp 209—210.
    • Arnaud — Obituary: James Wilson Tilden (1904-1988), pp 211—224.
    • Arnaud — Obituary: Thomas William Davies (1915-1990), pp 225—238.
    • Manuscript reviewers, p. 239.
    • Index to new names proposed in MYIA 5, p. 240.
  • Volume 6 (2001), Arnaud (editor) — Miscellaneous Contributions, v + 443 pp.
    • Dedication of Myia 6 to Curtis Williams Sabrosky (1910-1997), p iii.
    • Sinclair & Arnaud — Nemedina eocenica new species (Diptera: Empidoidea) from Baltic Amber, pp 1—8.
    • Byers & Arnaud — A new Tipula from Central California (Diptera: Tipulidae), pp 9—22.
    • Tschorsnig & Arnaud — Tachinidae (Diptera) from Cudrefin (Vaud, Switzerland), pp 23—35.
    • Arnaud — Paradejeania rutilioides rutilioides (Jaennicke) (Diptera: Tachinidae) reared from Hemihylea (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) in Arizona, pp 37—38.
    • Arnaud — First Arizona rearings of Macromya crocata Reinhard (Diptera: Tachinidae) from two lepidopteran hosts (Arctiidae, Lasiocampidae), pp 39—40.
    • Arnaud — Willis Wagner Wirth (1916—1994), pp 41—50.
    • Arnaud — Entomological bibliography (1942—1997) of Willis Wagner Wirth (1916—1994), pp 51—78.
    • Arnaud & Arnaud — Names of Diptera (Insecta) published by Willis Wagner Wirth, pp 79—168.
    • Ubick & Arnaud — Vincent Daniel Roth (1924-1997): Scientific publications, catalog of arachnid and plant taxa, and chronology, pp 169—185.
    • Arnaud — Guy Eaden Shewell (1913-1996): Diptera bibliography and list of taxonomic names (1938—1996), pp 187—199.
    • Arnaud & Lee — Stella Elfriede Margaretha Anna Tatro (1924—1994), pp 201—204.
    • Arnaud — Obituary: Alexandre Constantinovich Chneéour (Schneeur) (1884—1977), pp 205—212.
    • Johnson — A tribute to the lepidopterists Erich Carl Walter (1903-1990) and his father Carl Walter (1878—1932), pp 213—218.
    • Johnson — Janet Riddell (1878—1941), pp 219—221.
    • Scott — Recollections of the Department of Biology, Stanford University, 1931—1936, pp 223—228.
    • Arnaud — David Burnet Scott (1913—1996), pp 229—233.
    • Aldrich — Diary of Western Trip, 1927, pp 235—301.
    • Arnaud — Curtis Williams Sabrosky (1910—1997), pp 303—442.
    • Manuscript Reviewers, p. 443.
  • Volume 7 (incomplete) (2004), Arnaud (editor) — Miscellaneous Contributions, 39 pp.

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Volume 9 (1998)

Myia, volume 9, cover

Thomson, F.C. (editor) — Fruit Fly Expert Identification System and Systematic Information Database: a resource for identification and information of fruit flies and maggots, with information on their classification, distribution and documentation. Bachuys, Leiden, 524 pp. ISBN 9789057820137. (includes the Diptera Data Dissemination Disk - Volume 1)

The Tephritidae, true fruit flies, are a family of attractive picture-winged flies. With 471 genera and 4,257 species, the taxonomic diversity of this single family of two-winged flies is far greater than that of mammals. Fruit flies are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical areas of the world, being absent only from the high arctic and antarctic. They are almost all phytophagous, and include numerous pests of fruit and vegetable crops, as well as species useful for the control of weeds. This volume brings together an enormous amount of information in one place, providing a unique resource for this family of flies. The volume is available in PDF form in parts (listed here by subject, not full title), as follows:

  • Thompson — Introduction (to entire work), p 1.
  • Thompson — Introduction (to identification system), pp 4–6.
  • Norrbom, Carroll & Friedberg — Status of knowledge, p 9–47.
  • Thompson — Data Dictionary and Standards, p 49–63.
  • Norrbom, Carroll, Thompson, White & Friedberg — Systematic database of names, pp 65–299.
  • Carroll, Norrbom, Thompson & Evenhuis — Bibliography, pp 301–513.
  • Thompson — Acknowledgements, p 515.
  • Diptera Data Dissemination Disk, Volume 1 information, pp 517–524.

Volume 10 (1999)

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Sabrosky, C.W. — Family-Group Names in Diptera and Bibliography: An annotated catalog and bibliography. Bachuys, Leiden, vi + 584 pp. ISBN 9789057820267

As the title indicates, this is a catalog of family-group names in the Diptera. The scope and comprehensiveness of this work are remarkable, resulting from more than 60 years of Curt Sabrosky's searching for and accumulating data on family-group names. The work consists of four alphabetical lists: (1) a Conspectus listing under the currently recognized families the type genera concerned within the family limits; (2) the main body of the work, an Annotated Catalog of Family-Group Names, arranged by type genus; (3) a Supplemental List including group names not based on generic names, with references and brief definitions, and including many order-group names of Diptera; and (4) an annotated Bibliography. The volume is available in PDF form in full in the link above, as well as through the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive, and certain parts are also available via the links in the contents (listed here by subject, not full title) below as follows:

  • Sabrosky — Family-group names, pp 3–360.
  • Thompson, Evenuis & Sabrosky — Bibliography, pp 364–574.
  • Thompson — Postscript, pp 575–576.

Volume 11 (2001)

Myia, volume 11, cover

Woodley, N.E. — A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Diptera). Bachuys, Leiden, 473 pp. ISBN 9789057820830

The soldier flies or Stratiomyidae are a fairly large family of lower brachycerous Diptera that shows an inordinate amount of morphological diversity for a single family as well as a fair diversity of habits. Many adult stratiomyids are brightly colored and moderately large, but probably due to their relative scarcity in the field, they have not attracted the same degree of study that other large fly families, such as the Asilidae and Syrphidae, have received. This world catalog, by making the available taxonomic and nomenclatural information available in a single place, will hopefully stimulate further study of this fascinating family. This catalog of the world fauna of Stratiomyidae includes approximately 400 valid genera and 3000 species. A phylogenetic analysis is presented which is then formalized in a classification of the family that is used to arrange the catalog. Full synonymy and geographic distribution data are presented for each species. New synonymies and new combinations are documented, and all literature has been checked and accurately dated. Over 100 notes on taxonomic placements and nomenclatural changes are presented in an appendix. The volume is available in PDF form in full in the link above.

Volume 12 (2011)

Myia, volume 12, cover

Brake, I., & Thomson, F.C. (editors) — Contributions to the Systema Dipterorum (Insecta: Diptera). Pensoft, Sofia, viii + 564 pp. ISBN 9789546425997

This is work contains 16 individual articles written by 10 authors, including two articles covering the lives and works of the important 19th and early 20th century dipterists Friedrich Hendel (1874–1936) and Ferdinand Kowarz (1838–1914), comprehensive world catalogs for 10 Diptera families, a supplement to the catalog of Stratiomyidae published in Myia volume 11, and two articles providing the abbreviations used for repositories of types and for serial publications. The volume is available in PDF form in parts (listed here by subject, not full title), as follows:

  • Brake & Thompson — Introduction, pp 1–4.
  • Brake & Mathis — Friedrich Hendel, pp 5–16.
  • Pont — Ferdinand Kowarz, pp 17–112.
  • Brake — Carnidae catalog, pp 113–169.
  • Mathis & McAlpine — Coelopidae catalog, pp 171–205.
  • Mathis & Sueyoshi — Dryomyzidae catalog, pp 207–233.
  • Mathis & Barraclough — Diastatidae catalog, pp 235–266.
  • Mathis — Helcomyzidae catalog, pp 267–280.
  • Mathis — Heterocheilidae catalog, pp 281–289.
  • Gaimari & Mathis — Odiniidae catalog, pp 291–339.
  • Mathis & Rung — Periscelididae catalog, pp 341–377.
  • Woodley — Supplement to Stratiomyidae catalog, pp 379–415.
  • Woodley — Xylomyidae catalog, pp 417–453.
  • Woodley — Xylophagidae catalog, pp 455–500.
  • Brake & Thompson — Abbreviations for type holdings, pp 501–517.
  • Brake & Thompson — Abbreviations for serials, pp 519–564.