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1 July 2011 A Case Study of Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) Causing Ocular Myiasis in a Western Hognose Snake
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Late instar larvae of the scuttle fly, Megaselia Scalaris Loew, were found near the right eye of a live captive-reared western hognose snake, Heterodon nasicus Baird and Girard. Dissection and removal of the snake's dorsal cranial bones revealed tissue degradation of the infected eye, the optic nerve, and the brain case; we suggest that these factors contributed to the death of this snake. This case study further demonstrates the opportunistic behavior of M. Scalaris.

© 2011 Entomological Society of America
J. W. Diclaro, M. S. Lehnert, M. A. Mitola, R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler "A Case Study of Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) Causing Ocular Myiasis in a Western Hognose Snake," Journal of Medical Entomology 48(4), 934-936, (1 July 2011). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME11006
Received: 11 January 2011; Accepted: 1 April 2011; Published: 1 July 2011
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