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Sarcophagidae, Calliphoridae and Muscidae (Diptera) of the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, West Bengal, India

Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 308

By: Shuvra Kanti Sinha

46 pages, 36 illustrations

Zoological Survey of India

Paperback | Dec 2009 | #198658
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About this book

Sarcophagid, Calliphorid and Muscid flies are of great importance in medical, veterinary, forensic and agricultural sciences. Very little information is available on these flies from Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve. Nandi (1977) reported 5 Calliphorid, 3 Muscid and 8 Sarcophagid species from this area. Later Majumder and Parui (2001) reported 2 Calliphorid and 8 Muscid species from this Biosphere Reserve. These flies are abundant in different parts of Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve. They carry the germs of different types of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths that cause enteric diseases in man and other animals. Most of the adult flies are very important because of their relationship with man and dwellings. Their roles in dissemination of gastroenteric diseases are well known. Kettle (1995) reported more than 100 pathogens including the germs of typhoid, paratyphoid, tuberculosis, leprosy and plague that are carried by Muscid flies.


Studied area
Material and methods

1. Collection and preservation of the adult flies
2. Morphological study and preparation of genitalia

i. Sarcophagidae
ii. Calliphoridae
iii. Muscidae


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