Original paper

First report on Platystoma spp visiting bait traps in Calabria (Diptera: Platystomatidae)

Greco, Silvia; Brandmayr, Pietro; Bonacci, Teresa

Entomologia Generalis Volume 34 Number 1-2 (2012), p. 149 - 155

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published: Nov 29, 2012

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/34/2012/149

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Abstract

Platystomatidae species Platystoma gemmationis (Rondani 1869), Plugubre (Robineau-Desvoidy 1830) and P seminationis (Fabricius 1775) are reported as elements of the necrophagous/saprophagous fly assemblage in rural and natural habitats in southern Italy. Although the role of Platystoma spp as forensic indicators remains unknown, individuals of Platystoma spp were also observed and collected on pig carcasses in our previous decomposition studies in the same geographical area. High occurrence of signal flies in bait traps in Calabria and new data about their habitat preference and phenology are reported here for the first time.

Abstract

Le specie Platystoma gemmationis (Rondani 1869), P lugubre (Robineau-Desvoidy 1830) e P seminationis (Fabricius 1775) (Diptera: Platystomatidae), sono riportate come elementi della fauna necrofaga/saprofaga in alcuni ambienti rurali e naturali nel sud Italia. Anche se il ruolo di Platystoma spp come indicatore forense rimane sconosciuto, individui di Platystoma spp sono stati osservati e catturati su carcasse di maiali dagli autori, nella stessa area geografica, nel corso di indagini mirate allo studio della fauna necrofaga. Riportiamo per la prima volta l’alta abbondanza di Platystomatidae nelle trappole in Calabria e nuovi dati sulla loro fenologia e preferenza ambientale.

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ecological preferencesfly assemblagesignal flysouthern Italy