Muscoidea is a superfamily of flies in the subsection Calyptratae. Muscoidea, with approximately 7000 described species, is nearly 5% of the known species level diversity of the Diptera, the true flies. Most muscoid flies are saprophagous, coprophagous or necrophagous as larvae, but some species are parasitic, predatory, or phytophagous.[1] In September 2008, a study was done on the superfamily using both nucleic and mitochondrial DNA and the conclusion suggested that Muscoidea may actually be paraphyletic.[2]

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Anthomyia pluvialis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
(unranked): Eremoneura
(unranked): Cyclorrhapha
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Calyptratae
Superfamily: Muscoidea


  1. ^ Ding, Shuangmei; Li, Xuankun; Wang, Ning; Cameron, Stephen L.; Mao, Meng; Wang, Yuyu; Xi, Yuqiang; Yang, Ding (2015-07-30). "The Phylogeny and Evolutionary Timescale of Muscoidea (Diptera: Brachycera: Calyptratae) Inferred from Mitochondrial Genomes". PLOS ONE. 10 (7): e0134170. Bibcode:2015PLoSO..1034170D. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134170. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4520480. PMID 26225760.
  2. ^ Kutty, Sujatha Narayanan; Pape, Thomas; Pont, Adrian; Wiegmann, Brian; Meier, Rudolf (September 2008). "The Muscoidea (Diptera: Calyptratae) are paraphyletic: Evidence from four mitochondrial and four nuclear genes". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49 (2): 639–652. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.08.012. PMID 18793735. Retrieved 3 July 2020.