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Flesh Fly

Scientific Name
Sarcophaga
Scientific Author
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Taxonomy
(Diptera: Sarcophagidae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Sarcophagidae is a large family of flies with a cosmopolitan distribution. They are commonly called "flesh flies".

The taxonomy of these flies is difficult and poorly understood at the species level.

The most obvious character to separate the larvae of Sarcophagidae from Calliphoridae is the Sarcophagids have the posterior spiracles situtated in a deep cavity.

The image captured specimen was collected from the umbicial cord of an 8 day old baby (March 2009).  Its definitive provenance of local myiasis makes it a valuable specimen for image capture to assist with the identification of these larvae.

Live video of larva

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
14/04/2009 01:30 AEST
Last Updated
14/04/2009 22:57 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2009) Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga) Updated on 4/14/2009 10:57:41 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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