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Genus Sarcophaga

Flesh Fly - Sarcophaga - Sarcophaga Flesh fly  - Sarcophaga Flesh Fly - Sarcophaga - male Fly - Sarcophaga DIPTERA - Sarcophaga Sarcophaga red-tailed flesh fly - Sarcophaga Fly - Sarcophaga johnsoni
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Sarcophagidae (Flesh Flies)
Subfamily Sarcophaginae
Genus Sarcophaga
Other Common Names
Common Flesh Flies
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
"we should anticipate rather drastic changes in [the current] classification" (1)
Explanation of Names
Greek sarx (σαρξ) 'flesh' + phagein (φαγειν) 'to eat' = 'flesh eater' (the larvae feed on carrion/rotting meat)
~80 spp. in our area(2), 800 valid species arranged in about 150 subgenera worldwide(1)
Identification of many species within this genus requires dissection of male genitalia.
Life Cycle
Despite numerous claims to the contrary, S. carnaria doesn't occur anywhere in the Americas. Virtually all identifications of that species on iNaturalist fall under an obsolete species definition and are taxonomically equivalent, at best, to the current concept of Sarcophaginae.
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