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Myiasis by Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) in a Python Affected by Pulmonitis

Vanin, Stefano, Mazzariol, S., Menandro, M.L., Lafisca, A. and Turchetto, M. (2013) Myiasis by Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) in a Python Affected by Pulmonitis. Journal of Medical Entomology, 50 (1). 209-211(3). ISSN 0022-2585

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Myiases are caused by the presence of maggots in vertebrate tissues and organs. Myiases have been studied widely in humans, farm animals, and pets, whereas reports of myiasis in reptiles are scarce. We describe a case of myiasis caused by the Megaselia scalaris (Loew) in an Indian python (Python molurus bivittatus, Kuhl) (Ophida: Boidae). The python, 15 yr old, born and reared in a terrarium in the mainland of Venice (Italy), was affected by diffuse, purulent pneumonia caused by Burkholderia cepacia. The severe infestation of maggots found in the lungs during an autopsy indicated at a myiasis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences > Forensic Biology Research Group
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 11:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:25


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