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Species Saltella sphondylii

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Sepsidae (Black Scavenger Flies)
Genus Saltella
Species sphondylii (Saltella sphondylii)
Range
Marshall(1) speculates this fly was introduced from Europe. All other species of Saltella are restricted to the Old World. This species tends to be found in disturbed areas, a common characteristic of nonnative species.
Habitat
Larval habitat of the genus includes cow dung.
Remarks
Color of Saltella is variable, with larger specimens tending to be paler.
Print References
Pont, Adrian Charles and Rudolf Meier. 2002. The Sepsidae (Diptera) of Europe. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica (preview)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Flies The Natural History & Diversity of Diptera
Stephen A. Marshall. 2012. Firefly Books.