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- Jeffrey K. Barnes Survey of the robber flies of Arkansas; taxonomy of the Diogmites angustipennis complex; taxonomy of North American Ceraturgus; and descriptions of robber fly pupal cases.
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- Hans Bartsch Asilidae Project in Sweden
The aim of the project is to promote collecting and studying of this family in Sweden (especially northern Sweden) by amateurs and this way brush up existing knowledge of today's and earlier distribution and other information on Swedish Asilidae. Material in museums, private collections and literature will be evaluated. The goal in 2-3 years time is a key (in Swedish) for Nordic species, a Swedish checklist and a Swedish province catalogue on a time window basis (before 1900, 1900-1924, 1952-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1999, 2000- ). Preliminary versions of these are existing and will be updated during the process. All contribution is welcome, especially data on Swedish specimens in collections outside Sweden. Contributors are welcome to ask for the preliminary material (without any pictures)from hans.bartsch@telia.com
 
- Roy J. Beckemeyer The asilids of Kansas
The first paper is published now: Beckemeyer, R.J. (2001): A literature-based checklist of Kansas robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae). - The Prairie Naturalist 33(2): 65-92; Emporia, Kansas.
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- Stephen W. Bullington The Laphriini Pages - a series of web pages devoted to a group of robber flies, comprising the tribe Laphriini. The robber flies in this tribe have a more-or-less cosmopolitan distribution. But for political and practical reasons the pages here will cover only those species found in continental North America north of Mexico.
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- Robert A. Cannings The systematics of Lasiopogon Loew
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The robber flies of Canada
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- Marcela Castelo Host location behavior and host exploitation patterns by Mallophora ruficauda (Diptera: Asilidae).
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- Torsten Dikow Phylogeny of Asilidae
Everybody of us knows that there is hardly any knowledge of the phylogenetic relationships within the diverse Asilidae. Because I am not only interested in these fascinating flies but also in phylogenetic systematics I will analyse the phylogenetic relationships within the Asilidae based on morphological and molecular data in my Ph.D. thesis. I will start this project in August this year at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) in connection with the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.
I am currently gathering information and material and I would like to ask you to help in obtaining mainly alcohol-preserved specimens for molecular studies. I am collecting material here in north-eastern Germany this spring and summer and will do so where ever I am. However, much more material is needed from all zoogeographical regions. If you have alcohol-preserved material at hand or can collect such material (in 96 % ethanol, beware of infestation with other DNA by touching the flies) this would be much appreciated. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or enquiries about my project.
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- Torsten Dikow &
Fritz Geller-Grimm &
Felix Grimm
PDF collection - With the aid of various colleagues a collection of PDF data files is being developed.
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- Fritz Geller-Grimm Database - With the aid of various specialists open databases for asilid workers and other interested persons are being developed. These databases include: species names, known distributions, literature citations, keys for determination, photographs, and translations.
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Fossils - information on fossil records, based on the Catalog of Fossil Flies, Evenhuis (1994)
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- Fritz Geller-Grimm &
Jorge N. Artigas
Photographic atlas and identification key to the Nearctic genera - includes photographs of nearby 110 taxa. It will be published in 2004/2005 on CD-ROM. The keys are published by Jorge N. Artigas et al. and follow this link.
 
- Felix Grimm A three-dimensional model of a robber fly is in preparation. It bases on the species Dasypogon diadema and will be used for morphological studies and the terminology.

 
- Mike Hackston The genus Alcimus
 
- Mike Jessat Robberflies of Thüringen and Sachsen (Germany)
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- Robert Lavigne Predator-Prey Database - for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera)
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- Jason G. H. Londt Generic Names in Asilidae
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Catalogue of the afrotropical Asilidae
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- Gabriela Bastos Mellinger Taxonomic review of Cnodalomyia Hull, 1962 - Developing graduation project entitled "Taxonomic review of Cnodalomyia Hull, 1962 (Diptera, Asilidae, Asilinae)". The genus now includes just one species (C. obtusa Hull, 1962) from Itatiaia Rio de Janeiro. The Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo has a big series of non identified material (including material from different Brazilian regions) and also some specimens from the type series. The project aims to present redescriptions of the genus and type-species (including spermathecae), to increase the known geographical distribution of taxa and also describe the possible new species.
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- C. Riley Nelson Tree of Life - Asilidae
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- Tore R. Nielsen Robberflies in Norway
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- Mathieu Rapp Vertical stratification and mechanisms of species coexistence within the robber fly assemblage of a tropical rain forest canopy.
Phd thesis with the University of Canterbury (New-Zealand) doctoral scholarship to work on the asilidae of rain forest canopy, in Panama.
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- Mike Reese Robber flies of Wisconsin
 
- Malcolm J. Smart Measurement - of the length of the first two antennal segments
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- Yuji Tagawa Robber flies of Japan - in Japanese.
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- Michael Thomas & Chris Maier The Robber Flies of Southern New England The only detailed study of the robber fly fauna of southern New England was by Bromley (1946), who documented 61 species from Connecticut. Since that time, no comprehensive publications on the Asilidae of New England states have appeared.  The aim of this project on southern New England asilids is to document the distribution and seasonal abundance, summarize the conservation status of species perceived to be rare or imperiled, and create an identification guide with illustrated keys and species accounts to promote further study of this family. mikethomas206@comcast.net & maier890@comcast.net
 
- Mark van Veen Entomology and the computer program Faunist - The entomology parts consist of: 1st. occurrence of robber flies (Asilidae) in the Netherlands, running in a Java applet (JavaFaunist); 2nd. some keys (more keys are available in Dutch) and some links to keys on the web.
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- Danny Wolff Distribution Atlas - of the robber flies of Germany
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- Derek A. Woller Nearctic species of the genus Neoitamus - Greetings Asilid community! My name is Derek A. Woller and I am currently a master's student at San Jose State University. For my thesis, it was suggested by one of my committee members, Dr. Eric Fisher, that I attempt to revise the Nearctic species of the genus Neoitamus utilizing both morphological and molecular methods. Following the revision, I plan to devise a definitive key to the species. To this end, I am in need of multiple specimens of species preserved in 95-100% ethanol (1 specimen/vial) for the molecular aspect of my project. All specimens will be returned in due time sans one leg, which is necessary for the molecular process.
Any assistance in this project you can afford me would be a great asset. At the very least, I'd like to be sent any locality data you possess for your Neoitamus specimens as I am constructing a locality database, which will enable me to more easily locate live specimens. My e-mail address is asilid@gmail.com and thanks you all very much in advance!
 
- Charlie Young Robber flies of South Korea - Very little work has been done on South Korean Asilidae and the peninsula offers a wide rage of habitats rich in asilid fauna. Now the first resulty are published.
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