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Mortality of Blow-Fly Larvae (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in the digestive tract of Vultures

L.E.O Braack

Koedoe; Vol 27, No 1 (1984), 5-8. doi: 10.4102/koedoe.v27i1.545

Submitted: 28 November 1984
Published:  01 December 1984


The blow-flies Chrysomyia albiceps and C marginalis are abundant in the Kruger National Park and depend on carrion as a food-source during their larval stages. Vultures occasionally consume maggot-infested meat and the question arises whether such larvae survive passage through the digestive tract and so contribute to the population of blow-flies in that area. Three vultures were fed baboon meat inoculated with blow- fly larvae, and none of the larvae were found to survive.

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L.E.O Braack, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa


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