Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2800


Greek: sarx = meat, phagein = feeding (the larvae feed meat of dead bodies).


Genus of the so-called flesh flies.


The European (holarctic) species S. carnaria (grey flesh fly) reaches a length of 10–14 mm (Figs. 1 and 2); the same size as the worldwide occurring species S. haemorrhoidalis. The females are viviparous and place the L 1 directly onto dead or motionless bodies (e.g., drunk people). The larvae (Fig. 3) feed on meat, while the adults lick plant fluids/juices.  Diptera.
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