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Any of various flies of the family Muscidae, which includes the common housefly.

[From New Latin Muscidae, family name, from Musca, type genus, from Latin musca, fly.]

mus′cid adj.


(Animals) any fly of the dipterous family Muscidae, including the housefly and tsetse fly
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Muscidae
[C19: via New Latin from Latin musca fly]
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New muscid flies from Florida and the West Indies (Diptera: Muscidae).
Further, spread of the disease was no doubt enhanced through indirect transmission that may have included handling food items with contaminated hands and/or muscid flies acting as mechanical vectors.
Muscid flies (Diptera: Muscidae) have been recorded as frequent Stylogaster hosts and this association in the Afrotropical Region has been recently treated.
The aim of the current paper is to record new African muscid hosts of Stylogaster with a brief discussion of this association.
Couri and Barros (2010) attempted to identify eggs found in some muscid hosts by removing these from impaled pinned adults, but were unsuccessful, given that available information in the literature was insufficient and the key for identifying eggs (Smith 1967) only partial.
A brief discussion of the speculation on the association between muscid flies, Stylogaster and army ants was provided by Couri and Pont (2006).
We here describe and discuss kleptoparasitic behaviour in a Namibian population of the muscid Musca albina Wiedemann.
The dung-rolling Scarabaeus, however, were associated with a distinctive small muscid species, Musca albina.
The muscid fauna of the Afrotropical Region was last catalogued by Pont (1980).
Forty-two muscid species in 16 genera are recorded from Namibia in the published literature.
The Namibian muscid fauna is now known to contain 57 species and subspecies assigned to 19 genera (Appendix).