Thread subject: :: Beginners

Posted by Zeegers on 10-03-2005 21:40


From which country are you ? Spain or somewhere in Latin America ?

Anyway, both Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae are quite difficult groups and therefore hardly appropriate for beginners. Identification in these groups leans heavily on the male genitalia, which need to be prepareted in most cases.

For northern Europe, I recommand Fauna of Scandinavia (Thomas Pape on Sarcophagidae, Knut Rognes on Calliphoridae), both are leading European experts.
For central Europe, you might consult Povolny & Verves (in supplement of Spixiana) on Sarcophagidae or Draber-Monko in Fauna of Poland (very recent!!, and in polish language) on Calliphoridae.

For Mediterrean region, the only comprehensive work seems to be Seguy in Fauna de France. However, handle with care ! (His treatment of several groups, like Lucilia, is quite cumbersome).

The parts of Lindner are not completed, I think. The key to genera in the Sarcophagidae-part is a desaster, especially for the beginner!

F. Mihalyi in Fauna Hungariae (both families in 1 part) is very good in pictures, however, text in hungarian. Possibly difficult to get a copy.

and if you live in latin America, all this is useless.

Good luck

Theo Zeegers