Original Research

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

L.E.O Braack
Koedoe | Vol 27, No 1 | a545 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v27i1.545 | © 1984 L.E.O Braack | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 November 1984 | Published: 01 December 1984

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

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Abstract

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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