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Genus Sarcophaga

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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 online claims to the contrary, Sarcophaga carnaria doesn't occur anywhere in the Americas. These records are, in part, influenced by a combination of erroneous common name usage and and an obsolete definition of the species. Instead of a single common species, this representation has since been split into nearly 150 subgenera comprising at least 800 described species. For example, virtually all identifications of that species on iNaturalist fall under this obsolete species definition and are taxonomically equivalent, at best, to the current taxonomic concept of Sarcophagidae.