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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Eric M. Fisher

Dr. Eric M. Fisher

retired, Senior Insect Biosystematist
Research Associate, California State Collection of Arthropods

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.


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Diptera - Asiloidea


Curriculum vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Entomology) - University of California, Riverside, 1986.
  • Master of Scienc (Entomology) - California State University Long Beach.
  • Bachelor of Science (Entomology) - California State University Long Beach.

Research Interests

  • Systematics of Diptera, especially Asilidae and other Asiloidea.


  1. Fisher, E.M. 1977. A review of the North American genera of Laphystiini, with a revision of the genus Zabrops Hull (Insecta Diptera: Asilidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 41(5):183-213.
  2. Fisher, E.M. 1983. Pilica formidolosa (mosca asesina, robber fly). Pages 755-758, in Janzen, D.H. (ed.), Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, i-xi, 1-816.
  3. Fisher, E.M. 1985. A preliminary list of the robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of the Tambopata Reserved Zone, Madre de Dios, Peru. Revista Peruana de Entomologia 27(1) [1984]: 25-36.
  4. Fisher, E.M. 2009. Asilidae. Pages 585-632, in Brown, B.V., A. Borkent, J.M. Cumming, D.M. Wood, N.E. Woodley & M. Zumbado (eds.), Manual of Central American Diptera, Volume 1. National Research Council Press, Ottawa, 714 pp.
  5. Fisher, E.M., & H.A. Hespenheide. 1982. Taxonomy and ethology of a new Central American species of robber fly in the genus Glaphyropyga (Diptera: Asilidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 84(4):716-725.
  6. Fisher, E.M., & H.A. Hespenheide. 1992. Taxonomy and biology of Central American robber flies with an illustrated key to genera (Diptera: Asilidae). Pages 611-632, 655, 665, in Quintero, D., & A. Aiello (eds), Insects of Panama and Mesoamerica: Selected Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York & Tokyo, i-xxii, 1-692.
  7. Fisher, E.M., & S.D. Gaimari. 2002. Simplified digital photography for museum studies. Abstracts, 5th International Congress of Dipterology, Brisbane, Australia, p. 68.
  8. Hauser, M., & E.M. Fisher. 2007. The identity of the fossil Psilocephala tarsalis (Statz, 1940) (Diptera: Asiloidea). Zootaxa 1465: 65-68.
  9. Kerr, P.H., Fisher, E.M., & Buffington, M.L. 2008. Dome lighting for insect imaging under a microscope. American Entomologist 54 (4): 198-200.