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Mormotomyia is a genus of Diptera (flies) that contains one species, M. hirsuta.  It is the only genus in family Mormotomyiidae.  It has been found in only one location in Eastern Kenya, in a cave-like cleft in a rock at the apex of Ukasi Hill.  A specialized, trogolomorphic species, M. hirsuta has been difficult to place among other dipteran species.  A finding of multiple specimens in 2010 has opened up new possibilites for understanding this very rare, monotypic genus.

(Copeland et al 2011; Kirk-Spriggs et al. 2011)


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