Effect of Type of Tissue on the Development of Chrysomya rufifacies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Sri Lanka. Academic Article uri icon


  • Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart), the hairy maggot blow fly, is of great importance for the field of forensic entomology due to its habit as an early colonizer of decomposing vertebrate remains and myiasis producer. Development studies on this species have been conducted in scattered regions of the world, using types of tissue from several species of animals as a rearing medium. Despite the commonality of C. rufifacies in Sri Lanka, developmental studies have never been performed in this region. As well, the effects of diet on development have not been tested. In the current study, C. rufifacies immatures were reared on skeletal muscle, liver, and heart from domestic swine, with flies from colonies maintained at 25 and 28C. The minimum time needed to complete each stage at 25C on liver (224.14 h) was fastest followed by skeletal muscle (249.33 h) and heart (251.64 h) respectively, whereas at 28C, fly development was quickest on heart muscle (178.27 h) followed by liver (178.50 h) and skeletal muscle (186.17 h) respectively. A significant difference in total development time was determined for temperature, while the rearing medium was not significant. Temperature also showed a significant effect on the length and the width of the larvae, while the type of tissue statistically impacted only the width.

published proceedings

  • J Med Entomol

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Bambaradeniya, Y., Karunaratne, W., Tomberlin, J. K., & Magni, P. A.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Bambaradeniya, YTB||Karunaratne, WAIP||Tomberlin, JK||Magni, PA

editor list (cited editors)

  • Geden, C.

publication date

  • July 2021