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1 May 2003 Surface Ultrastructure of Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) Larvae (Diptera: Calliphoridae)
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The surface ultrastructure of all larval instars of Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) is described by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Morphological changes were greatest from the first to the second instar, but less from the second to the third instar. Most of these changes involved the structure of the anterior spiracle, posterior spiracle, integument of the body, and mouthhooks. Modification of the mouthhooks, especially in the third instar, are helpful in explaining the ferocious feeding ability of the older maggots. The common name of “hairy-maggot” for C. rufifacies is only appropriate for the second and third instars because of their elongated tubercles along the body, whereas this name is not descriptive of the first instar that lack tubercles.

Kabkaew L. Sukontason, Kom Sukontason, Sirisuda Lertthamnongtham, Budsabong Kuntalue, Natchanart Thijuk, Roy C. Vogtsberger, and Jimmy K. Olson "Surface Ultrastructure of Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) Larvae (Diptera: Calliphoridae)," Journal of Medical Entomology 40(3), 259-267, (1 May 2003). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-40.3.259
Received: 14 September 2002; Accepted: 1 January 2003; Published: 1 May 2003
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