Myiasis by megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) in a python affected by pulmonitis

S. Vanin, S. Mazzariol, M. L. Menandro, A. Lafisca, M. Turchetto

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Myiases are caused by the presence of maggots in vertebrate tissues and organs. Myiases have been studied widely in humans, farm animals, and pets, whereas reports of myiasis in reptiles are scarce. We describe a case of myiasis caused by the Megaselia Scolaris (Loew) in an Indian python (Python molurus bivittatus, Kuhl) (Ophida: Boidae). The python, 15 yr old, born and reared in a terrarium in the mainland of Venice (Italy), was affected by diffuse, purulent pneumonia caused by Burkholderia cepacia. The severe infestation of maggots found in the lungs during an autopsy indicated at a myiasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-211
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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