Chlorotabanus inanis


Conservation Status

No information

No information

Natural History


Females feed on the blood of large mammals, especially domestic animals such as horses, cattle and pigs. It does not seem to feed on humans.


This species is nocturnal.

Life cycle

Immature stages have been collected in decaying leaves in small pools of water in a nearly dried up stream bed.

Habitat and Distribution


Non-forested Lowlands.

Distribution outside Costa Rica

Mexico to Peru and Brazil (Sao Paulo).

Conservation Area Distribution

Amistad CaribeAmistad PacificoCordillera Volcanica CentralGuanacasteOsaPacifico CentralTortuguero

Type Locality



Scientific description

Hind tibiae without apical spurs; basicosta without strong setae; third antennal segment with at most an acute dorsobasal angle; tibiae not or only slightly inflated; frontal callus absent; uniformly pale pilose insects with greenish integument and unbanded eyes; labella sclerotized; wings without spots, glass-clear, only the costal cell yellowish; tibiae wholly pale haired.


  • Kingdom: animalia
  • Phylum: arthropoda
  • Class: insecta
  • Order: diptera
  • Family: tabanidae
  • Genus: chlorotabanus

General Data

Language: Ingl├ęs

Author: John Burger

Contributors: Manuel A. Zumbado, Cristian Granados, Elvia Zumbado

Taxon record ID: 4512

Date last modified: 4/4/2011

Date created: 9/6/2000

Date Issued: 11/14/2002


Fairchild, G.B. 1986. The Tabanidae of Panama. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 22(3): 1-139 (adults).

Goodwin, James T. and Wallace P. Murdoch. 1974. A study of some immature Neotropical Tabanidae (Diptera). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 67: 85-133 (immature stages).