The World Catalogue of the Conopidae offers the first complete list of this Diptera family worldwide since 1919. 808 recent and fossil species, together with their synonyms, belonging to 57 genera are listed. All original descriptions have been verified by the author. Type material and its depository is described for every species, the published distribution for each species is documented at the country level, and a complete list of references is provided for every record. Published information concerning hosts, possible hosts and egg carriers is compiled, with some 309 host species being reported for 73 species of Conopidae. With more than 1450 literature citations, World Catalogue of Insects, Volume 15: Conopidae (Diptera) presents by far the most complete taxonomic assessment of this family produced to date.
Jens-Hermann Stuke, Ph.D. (1967), German entomologist researching various Diptera families since 1988, focusing on taxonomy, faunistics, ecology and morphology. Since 1995 he has produced over 70 publications on fossil and recent Conopidae from all bioregions, describing many new taxa.