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On the identity of Bhatia and Keilin's (1937) malacophagous dipterous larvae parasitizing Vertigo species

Williams, C, Knutson, L and Moorkens, E (2023) On the identity of Bhatia and Keilin's (1937) malacophagous dipterous larvae parasitizing Vertigo species. Studia Dipterologica, 24 (2). pp. 167-170. ISSN 0945-3954

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Since the seminal discovery of obligate malacophagy (Mollusc-feeding) in the dipteran family Sciomyzidae by BERG (1953), there has been a steady increase in our knowledge of the family (BERG & KNUTSON 1978; MURPHY et al. 2012) so that today, lifecycles are known in 203 species out of a total described number of species of 539 (38% of the family) making Sciomyzidae among the most biologically well-known dipterous families in the world (KNUTSON & VALA 2011). The family was originally valued as biological control agents of intermediate hosts of snail-borne trematode diseases of man and livestock e.g. schistosomiasis and fascioliasis (BERG 1964). More recently, they are valued as biological controls of slug pests in glasshouses (HYNES et al. 2014; BISTLINE-EAST et al. 2020; AHMED et al 2019), as a paradigm for the evolution of predatory-parasitoid transition (KNUTSON & VALA 2002), the evolution of aquatic-terrestrial transitions (CHAPMAN et al. 2016; 2012) and as biological indicators of dipteran diversity in general (RYDER et al. 2005; CAREY et al. 2017a; 2017b).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2024 13:26
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 13:30
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22137
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