Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 231
By: BC Nandi(Author)
47 pages, tables
Calliphorid flies are very important in medical, sanitary, veterinary, forensic and agricultural sciences and are distributed in all zoogeographical regions. The adult flies have a great role in transmitting various types of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans and helminthes which cause summer diarrhea, bacillary and amoebic dysentery, poliomyelitis, cholera, plague and tuberculosis. The members of the family are usually known as blowflies, blue bottles or green bottles due to their blue, green, yellow, brown, gray or black colours.
Senior-White (1922, 1923, 1924a,d, 1925, 1926), Townsend (1917) and Senior-White et al. (1940) have made valuable contributions to Indian Calliphoridae and described substantial numbers of new species from the Indian subcontinent. Later, very scattered works have been done from different parts of India by different authors. The aim of this paper is to provide a complete checklist of all Indian Calliphoridae with updated distributional record of species from Indian states and union territories. A total of 112 species under thirty genera are included here from 35 political subdivsions of the Indian subregion. Only 6 species have been left with no states and union territories records.
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