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Fly (Brown striped litter) Sapromyza neozelandica

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Hexapoda
Order: Diptera
Family: Lauxaniidae
Subfamily: Lauxaniinae
Genus: Sapromyza
Subgenus: Sapromyza
Species: S. neozelandica
Binomial nameSapromyza neozelandica
Common name: Brown striped litter fly

This a small native red eye fly which lives in forest and scrub in shady damp areas.  There are at least 15 species in the genus Sapromyza in New Zealand. Their maggots live among leaf litter and are thought to eat moulds and fungi.



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