Dorsal view of the "Primary screwworm" fly, Cochliomyia hominivorax, a member of the family Calliphoridae
. Image: Public Health Image Library.
Three fly species belonging to family Calliphoridae
were identified out of three species, two belonged to subfamily Calliphorinae C.
. Museo de Zoologia, Universidad de Sao Paulo.
Some of these works have particularly focused on necrophagous Diptera, especially on species of the family Calliphoridae
, which are important in the degradation of organic matter (for example, Figueroa-Roa & Linhares 2002, Patitucci et al.
In the order Diptera, the family Calliphoridae
is highlighted for the ability that its component species have to colonize new environments (Greenberg and Szyska, 1984).
Third stage larvae from the family Calliphoridae
are characterised as being acephale, having a spiracle-like cephalopharyngeal skeleton; these parts are sclerotised and even though they have a thin cuticle, they are not strongly so .
In Colombia, there are only two studies on synanthropy, one for the family Calliphoridae
(Montoya et al.
Abstract: Recognizing the importance of the correct identification of insects associated with deceased bodies for an effective estimation of time of death, and taking into account the incidence of flies of the family Calliphoridae
in corpses and the difficulty of their taxonomic determination, we evaluated the usefulness of COI mitochondrial gene sequences as a molecular diagnostic tool for identifying forensically important calliphorids in Colombia.
For example, fossilized Diptera of the family Calliphoridae
have been found in association with Pleistocene mammals from Argentina, and represent an example of an ancient cadaveric decay assemblage (Petrulevicius, 2001).