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Eristalis gatesi (illustration by Taina Litwak)
Eristalis gatesi (Diptera: Syrphidae)

F. Christian Thompson, Adjunct Scientist, Diptera

  • Phone: 202-633-1029
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  • E-mail Address: ThompsonF@si.edu
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    Smithsonian Institution
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    National Museum of Natural History
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    Washington, DC 20560-0169
  • Education:
    BS University of Massachusetts
    PhD University of Massachusetts
F. Chris Thompson

Related Websites:

http://www.inhs.illinois.edu/research/FLYTREE/contact.html

Research Interests:

For the past 45 years the systematics and zoogeography of flower flies has been and continues to be my research focus. Flower flies are critical as pollinators, predators of plant pests and re-cyclers of environmental wastes. While I have written about flower flies from all regions, my primary areas of interests are the New World, Australia and New Zealand.

My current research projects include: Flower flies of Costa Rica; Nearctic flower flies; and Genera of flower flies.

I serve as editor of the Systema Dipterorum (http://www.diptera.org)

I have also served for more than 10 years on the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature and on the editorial committee for the current edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, and thus can provide advice on all matters of zoological nomenclature.

My collection responsibilities at the Smithsonian include curation of the following Diptera families: Anisopodidae, Anthomyidae, Asilidae, Axymyiidae, Braulidae, Bibionidae, Bolitophilidae, Braulidae, Conopidae, Diadocidiidae, Ditomyiidae, Hesperinidae, Ironomyiidae, Keroplatidae, Lonchopteridae, Lygistorrhinidae, Mantotidae, Mormotomyiidae, Mycetophilidae, Opetiidae, Perisommatidae, Phoridae, Pipunculide, Platypezidae, Scathophagidae, Sciadoceridae, Syrphidae, and Therevidae.

Identification: Generic identifications for most groups, species identifications for Syrphidae. Please inquire first before submitting material for identification as we may be able to recommend other experts to better serve your requests.

Publications:

Thompson, F. C. and Skevington, J. H. 2014. Afrotropical flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae). A new genus and species from Kenya, with a review of the melanostomine group of genera. Zootaxa, 3847(1): 97-114.

Skevington, J. H. and Thompson, F. C. 2012. Review of New World Sericomyia (Diptera: Syrphidae), including description of a new species. Canadian Entomologist, 144(2): 216-247. doi:10.4039/tce.2012.24

Thompson, F. C. 2012. Fabulous flower flies for famous fly fanatics (Diptera: Syrphidae). A tribute to the dipterists of the Canadian National Collection. Canadian Entomologist, 144(1): 1-16. doi:10.4039/tce.2012.4

Brake, Irina and Thompson, F. Christian. 2011. Introduction. MYIA, 12: 1-4.

Mengual, X. and Thompson, F.C. 2011. Carmine cochineal killers: the flower fly genus Eosalpingogaster Hull (Diptera: Syrphidae) revised. Systematic Entomology, 36(4): 713-731.

Wiegmann, B.M., Trautwein, M.D., Winkler, I.S., Barr, N.B., Kim, J.-W., Lambkin, C., Bertone, M.A., Cassel, B.K., Bayless, K.M., Heimberg, A.M., Wheeler, B.M., Peterson, K.J., Pape, T., Sinclair, B.J., Skevington, J.H., Blagoderov, V., Caravas, J., Kutty, S.N., Schmidt-Ott, U., Kampmeier, G.E., Thompson, F.C., Grimaldi, D.A., Beckenbach, A.T., Courtney, G.W., Friedrich, M., et al. 2011. Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(14): 5690-5695. doi:10.1073/pnas.1012675108

Evenhuis, N. L., Pape, T., Pont, A. C. and Thompson, F. C. c2010. Flying after Linnaeus: Dipteran names since Systema Naturae (1758). In: Systema Naturae 250: The Linnaean Ark. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp.76-92.

Apigian, K. and Thompson, F.C. 2010. Tanypezidae (Tanypezid flies). In: Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, N.E. and Zumbado, M. A., Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa: NRC Research Press, pp.831-835.

Brown, B. V. and Thompson, F. C. 2010. Family Braulidae. In: Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E. and Zumbado, M. A., Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa: NRC Research Press, pp.1097-1099.

McAlpine, J. F. and Thompson, F. C. 2010. Family Cryptochetidae. In: Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E. and Zumbado, M. A., Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa: NRC Research Press, pp.1121-1123.

Penev, L., Agosti, D., Georgiev, T., Catapano, T., Miller, J., Blagoderov, V., Roberts, D., Smith, V.S., Brake, I., Ryrcroft, S., Scott, B., Johnson, N.F., Morris, R.A., Sautter, G., Chavan, V., Robertson, T., Remsen, D., Stoev, P., Parr, C., Knapp, S., Kress, W.J., Thompson, F. C. and Erwin, T.L. 2010. Semantic tagging of and semantic enhancements to systematics papers: ZooKeys working examples. ZooKeys, 50: 1-16.

Skevington, J.M., Thompson, F.C. and Camras, S. 2010. Family Conopidae. In: Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E. and Zumbado, M. A., Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa: NRC Research Press, pp.847-855.

Thompson, B.J. and Thompson, F.C. 2010. Two new remarkable flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) from New Zealand. Weta, 39: 37-43.

Thompson, F.C., Rotheray, G.E. and Zimbado, M.A. 2010. Syrphidae (flower flies). In: Brown, B.V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J.M., Wood, D.M., Woodley, Norman E. and Zumbado, M.A., Manual of Central American Diptera. Ottawa: NRC Research Press, pp.763-792.

Hippa, H., Nielsen, T.R. and Thompson, F.C. 2009. Eristalis obscura (Loew)(Diptera, Syrphidae): synonyms and morphological variation in the Holarctic region. Norwegian Journal of Entomology, 56: 32-36.

Mengual, X., Ruiz, C., Rojo, S., Stahls, G. and Thompson, F.C. 2009. A conspectus of the flower fly genus Allograpta (Diptera: Syrphidae) with description of a new subgenus and species. Zootaxa, 2214: 1-28.

Morales, M.N., Massardo, D., Moreira, G.R.P. and Thompson, F.C. 2009. A new species of Alipumilio Shannon (Diptera, Syrphidae) found in association with the exudate resin of Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi (Anacardiaceae). Zootaxa, 2112: 53-64.

Penev, L., Sharkey, M., Erwin, T.L., van Noort, S., Buffington, M., Seltmann, K., Johnson, N., Taylor, M. Thompson, F.C. and Dallwitz, M.J. 2009. Data publication and dissemination of interactive keys under the open access model ZooKeys working example. ZooKeys, 21: 1-17.

Thompson, F.C. 2009. Nearctic Diptera: twenty years later. In: Bickel, Daniel, Pape, Thomas and Meier, Rudolf, Diptera diversity: status, challenges and tools. Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp.3-46.

Thompson, F.C. and Epler, J.H. 2009. Diptera (flies) of Attu. The first assessment of the entomological fauna of the last place on earth. Studia Dipterologica, 15: 267-275.

Wakeham-Dawson, A., Jones, A.G. and Thompson, F.C. 2009. Falkland Islands Syrphidae (Diptera). Dipterists Digest, 16: 65-71.

Cheng, X.-Y. and Thompson, F.C. 2008. A generic conspectus of the Microdontinae (Diptera : Syrphidae) with the description of two new genera from Africa and China. Zootaxa, 1879: 21-48.

Mengual, X. and Thompson, F.C. 2008. A taxonomic review of the Palpada ruficeps species group, with the description of a new flower fly from Colombia (Diptera : Syrphidae). Zootaxa, 1741: 31-36.

Mengual, X. and Thompson, F.C. 2008. A taxonomic review of the Palpada ruficeps species group, with the description of a new flower fly from Colombia (Diptera : Syrphidae). Zootaxa, 1741: 31-36.

Pape, Thomas, Szpila, Krzysztof and Thompson, F. Christian. 2008. What's in a frog stomach? Solving a 150-year-old mystery (Diptera : Calliphoridae). Systematic Entomology, 33(3): 548-551.

Penev, L., Erwin, Terry L., Thompson, F. Christian, Sues, Hans-Dieter, Engel, M., Agosti, D., Pyle, R., Ivie, M., Assmann, T., Henry, T. and Miller, J. 2008. ZooKeys, unlocking Earth’s incredible biodiversity and building a sustainable bridge into the public domain: From “print-based” to “web-based” taxonomy, systematics, and natural history. ZooKeys, 1: 1-6.

Penev, L., Erwin, T.L., Thompson, F.C., Sues, H.-D., Engel, M.S., Agosti, D., Pyle, R., Ivie, M., Assmann, T., Henry, T.J., Miller, J., Ananjeva, N.B., Casale, A., Lourenco, W., Golovatch, S., Fagerholm, H.-P., Taiti, S., Alonso-Zarazaga, M. and van Nieukerken, E. 2008. ZooKeys, unlocking Earth's incredible biodiversity and building a sustainable bridge into the public domain: From "print-based" to "web-based" taxonomy, systematics, and natural history ZooKeys Editorial Opening Paper. Zookeys, 1: 1-7.

Ssymank, A., Kearns, C.A., Pape, T. and Thompson, F.C. 2008. Pollinating flies (Diptera): a major contribution to plant diversity and agricultural production. Biodiversity, 9(1-2): 86-89.

Thompson, F.C. 2008. A conspectus of New Zealand flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) with the description of a new genus and species. Zootaxa, 1716: 1-20.

Thompson, F.C. and Pont, A.C. 2008. Systematic database of Musca names (Diptera): Publication date and proper name for the Carrot Rust fly (Diptera: Psilidae). Studia dipterologica, 14: 269-270.

Thompson, F.C., Evenhuis, N.L., Pape, T. and Pont, A.C. 2008. Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Drosophila Fallén, 1823 (Insecta, Diptera). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 65(2): 140-141.

Thompson, F.C. 2007. A new Costa Rican flower fly (Diptera: Syrphidae) and a replacement name for a Neoptropical flower fly genus. Studia Dipterologica, 14: 167-170.

Thompson, F.C. 2007. Microdon Falcatus Williston (Diptera: Syrphidae): a Redescription, with Lectotype Designation and New Synonyms. Entomological news, 118(3): 283-291.

Pérez-Gelabert, D.E. and Thompson, F. C. 2006. A new genus and species of Richardiidae (Diptera) from Hispaniola. Zootaxa, 1259: 25-31.

Thompson, F. C. and Thompson, B. J. 2006. A new Toxomerus species from Chile (Diptera: Syrphidae). Studia Dipterologica, 13(2): 317-331.

Polaszek, A., Alonso-Zarazaga, M.A., Bouchet, P., Brothers, D.J., Evenhuis, N.L., Krell, F.-T., Lyal, C.H.C., Minelli, A., Pyle, R.L., Robinson, N.J., Thompson, F. C. and van Tol, J. 2005. ZooBank: the open-access register for zoological taxonomy: Technical Discussion Paper. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 62(4): 210-220.

Marinoni, L. and Thompson, F. C. 2004. Flower flies of southeastern Brazil (Diptera: Syrphidae). Part I. Introduction and new species. Studia Dipterologica, 10(2): 565-578.

Marinoni, L., Miranda, G.F. and Thompson, F. C. 2004. Abundância e riqueza de espécies de Syrphidae (Diptera) em áreas de borda e interior de floresta no Parque Estadual de Vila Velha, Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 48(4): 553-559.

Steyskal, G.C., Thompson, F. C., Mathis, W.N. and Knutson, L. 2004. The type species of Ilione (Diptera: Sciomyzidae). Studia Dipterologica, 10(2): 559-564.

Thompson, F. C. and Marinoni, L. 2004. Copestylum circumdatum (Walker)(Diptera: Syrphidae). A redescription of a Neotropical flower fly, with lectotype designation, and new synonym. Entomological news, 114: 218-224.

Ashworth, A. C. and Thompson, F. C. 2003. A fly in the biogeographic ointment: a fossil cyclorraphan from Antarctica. Nature, 423: 135-136.

Blatch, S.A., Thompson, F. C. and Zumbado, M.A. 2003. A review of the Mesoamerican flower flies of the genus Meromacrus (Diptera: Syrphidae) including the description of a new species. Studia Dipterologica, 10(1): 13-36.

Carver, M. and Thompson, F. C. 2003. Two new species of Syrphidae (Diptera) from Australia. Studia Dipterologica, 10: 37-41.

Holston, K. C., Irwin, M.E. and Thompson, F. C. 2003. Thereva Latreille, 1797 and Phasia Latreille, 1804 (Insecta, Diptera): proposed conservation of usage by designation of Musca plebeja Linnaeus, 1758 as the type species of Thereva. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 60: 198-202.

Nishida, K., Rotheray, G. and Thompson, F. C. 2003. First non-predaceous syrphine flower fly (Diptera: Syrphidae): a new leaf-mining Allograpta from Costa Rica. Studia Dipterologica, 9: 421-436.

Norrbom, A.L. and Thompson, F.C. 2003. Richard Herbert Foote (1918-2002) [obituary and publication and taxa list]. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 105: 508-516.

Thompson, F. C. 2003. Austalis, a new genus of flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) with revisionary notes on related genera. Zootaxa, 246: 1-19.

Thompson, F.C. 2003. Nomenclature and classification. Principles of. In: Resh and Carde, Encyclopedia of Insects. Academic Press, pp.798-807.

Weems, H.V.,Jr., Thompson, F.C., Rotheray, G. and Deyrup, M.A. 2003. The genus Rhopalosyrphus (Diptera: Syrphidae). Florida Entomologist, 86: 186-193.

Norrbom, Allen L. and Thompson, F. C. 2002. Richard H. Foote [obituary]. American Entomologist, 48: 124-126.

Thompson, F.C. and Zumbado, M.A. 2002. Mesoamerican Mallota flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae). Studia Dipterologica, 9: 89-107.

Metz, M. and Thompson, F. C. 2001. A revision of the larger species of Toxomerus (Diptera: Syrphidae) with description of a new species. Studia Dipterologica, 8: 225-256.

Thompson, F.C. 2001. The name of the type species of Simulium (Diptera: Simulidae): A historical footnote. Entomological news, 112: 125-129.

Rotheray, G. E., Zumbado, M., Hancock, E. G. and Thompson, F. C. 2000. Remarkable aquatic predators in the genus Ocyptamus (Diptera, Syrphidae). Studia Dipterologica, 7: 385-398.

Thompson, F. C. 2000. A new Oriental Blera (Diptera: Syrphidae). Entomological news, 111(3): 181-184.

Thompson, F. C., Thompson, B. J. and Fairman, J. E. 2000. Only in Costa Rica: New Neotropical flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae). Studia Dipterologica, 7: 33-43.

Thompson, F.C. 2000. A new genus of Australasian flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae). Studia Dipterologica, 7: 373-384.

Thompson, F.C. and Zumbado, M. 2000. Flower flies of the subgenus Ocyptamus (Mimocalla) (Diptera: Syrphidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 102: 773-793.

pdf A Complete list of publications (1965-2006) is also available as well as links to downloadable Adobe PDF files for many of these publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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