dung fly

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dung fly

n
(Animals) any of various muscid flies of the subfamily Cordilurinae, such as the predatory yellow dung fly (Scatophaga stercoraria), that frequents cowpats to feed and lay its eggs
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It has variously been placed in the Calyptratae (Pont 1980: 713); or as a possible transitional family between acalyptrate and calyptrate flies, and probably closest to the Scathophagidae (as Cordyluridae) (van Emden 1950); or as related to families of acalyptrate flies, including Sphaeroceridae (as Borboridae) (Austen 1936) and Heleomyzidae (Sphaeroceroidea) (McAlpine 1989: 1484).