Sarcophaga (Bercaea) africa (Wiedemann)

Dowton, Mark & Pape, Thomas, 2013, A key to the Australian Sarcophagidae (Diptera) with special emphasis on Sarcophaga (sensu lato), Zootaxa 3680 (1), pp. 148-189: 156

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3680.1.11

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scientific name

Sarcophaga (Bercaea) africa (Wiedemann)
status

 

Sarcophaga (Bercaea) africa (Wiedemann) 

(Figure 18 a,b,c)

Musca africa Wiedemann, 1824 

Morphological characters. Ground colour of male and female terminalia bright red or orange. Gena with setulae a mix of black and yellow/white. Generally, occiput with at least one row of black setulae behind the ocular setae, with setulae only yellow/white ventrally. However, some specimens with occiput with all setulae only yellow/ white. Prescutellar acrostichal setae absent or present. Proepisternum bare. 1 st and 2 nd abdominal sternites with short setulae in females, and males with long setulae on the hind tibia. Body length 5–10 mm.

Geographical distribution. Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)—AUSTRALASIAN/OCEANIAN, AFROTROPICAL, NEARCTIC, NEOTROPICAL, ORIENTAL, PALAEARCTIC.

Biology. Sarcophaga africa  is almost cosmopolitan, and is likely to have been introduced to Australia by humans ( Pape 1991). It is known to larviposit on faeces (even in the presence of carrion) ( Bänziger & Pape 2004). It has also been collected from baits consisting of either pieces of raw fish, cut segments of ripe fruit ( Carica papaya  and Citrus sinensis  ), decomposing matter and faeces ( Aspoas 1991; Pérez-Moreno et al. 2006) and at decayed-carrion baits by KAM. It is a known agent of myiasis ( Park 1977).

Taxonomy. This species is the only Australian representative of the subgenus Bercaea  . DNAAbout DNA barcode sequences of S. africa  have been deposited in both GenBank and BOLD.

DNA

Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Sarcophagidae

Genus

Sarcophaga

Loc

Sarcophaga (Bercaea) africa (Wiedemann)

Dowton, Mark & Pape, Thomas 2013

2013
Loc

Musca africa

Wiedemann 1824

1824