Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Torsten Dikow

Research Entomologist and Curator of Diptera
Department / Division
Education
  • M.S., Universität Rostock
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
Research Interests
Deciphering the diversity and evolutionary history of Asiloidea flies.

Phylogenetic relationships of asiloid flies (Apioceridae - apiocerid flies, Asilidae - assassin flies, robber flies, Mydidae - mydas flies) and Diptera in general using morphological and genomic evidence. Revisionary taxonomy applying cybertaxonomic tools for open-access distribution of primary biodiversity data. Application of specimen occurrence data to biodiversity studies.

Asiloid Flies research web-site - asiloidflies.si.edu .
Publications
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  • Dikow, Torsten. 2017. "46. Apioceridae (apiocerid flies)." in Manual of Afrotropical Diptera (Vol. 2). Nematocerous Diptera and Lower Brachycera, edited by Kirk-Spriggs, A. H. and Sinclair, B. J., 1057–1061. SANBI, Pretoria: Suricata 5.
  • Dikow, Torsten. 2017. "47. Mydidae (mydas flies)." in Manual of Afrotropical Diptera (Vol. 2). Nematocerous Diptera and Lower Brachycera, edited by Kirk-Spriggs, A. H. and Sinclair, B. J., 1063–1095. SANBI, Pretoria: Suricata 5.
  • Londt, J. G. H. and Dikow, Torsten. 2017. "48. Asilidae (assassin flies, robber flies)." in Manual of Afrotropical Diptera (Vol. 2). Nematocerous Diptera and Lower Brachycera, edited by Kirk-Spriggs, A. H. and Sinclair, B. J., 1097–1182. SANBI, Pretoria: Suricata 5.
  • Dikow, Torsten, Meier, Rudolf, Vaidya, Gaurav G., and Londt, Jason G. H. 2009. "Biodiversity research Based on taxonomic revisions — a tale of Unrealized opportunities." in Diptera diversity : status, challenges and tools, edited by Pape, Thomas, Bickel, Daniel, and Meier, Rudolf., 323–345. Leiden;Boston: Brill.
  • Dikow, Torsten. 2008. "Order Diptera , family Mydidae." in Arthropod fauna of the United Arab Emirates, edited by van Harten, Antonius., 608–615. Abu Dhabi: Dar Al Ummah.