, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 431–434 | Cite as

Biological studies of the flesh flySarcophaga (Parasarcophaga) misera and its effects as a predator of the snailIndoplanorbis exustus

  • B. D. Parashar
  • K. M. Rao


Attempts were made to identify a natural predator of the freshwater snailIndoplanorbis exustus, vector of schistosomiasis. Ochterlony's double immunodiffusion technique was used. The flySarcophaga (Parasarcophaga) misera was identified as a predator ofI. exustus. Various aspects of the biology of this fly and its effects as a predator of snailI. exustus were studied in the laboratory. The possible use of the larvae of this fly to controlI. exustus is discussed as an additional control measure to chemical control.


Sarcophaga snail predator Indoplanorbis 


Des essais ont été réalisés pour identifier le prédateur naturel de l'escargot d'eau douceIndoplanorbis exustus, vecteur de la schistosomiase.

La technique de la double immuno-diffusion d'Ochterlony a été employée. La moucheSarcophaga (Parasarcophaga) misera a été identifiée comme prédateur d'I. exustus. Des aspects variés de la biologie de cette mouche et ses effets comme prédateur de l'escargotI. exustus ont été étudiés au laboratoire. L'emploi possible de la larve de cette mouche pour lutter contreI. exustus est discuté comme méthode de lutte complémentaire de la lutte chimique.

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Sarcophaga escargot prédateur Indoplanorbis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Parashar
    • 1
  • K. M. Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyDefence Research & Development EstablishmentGwaliorIndia

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