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- Dispersal and predation behavior in larvae of Chrysomya albiceps and Chrysomya megacephala (Diptera : Calliphoridae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Chrysomya albiceps and Chrysomya megacephala are exotic blowfly species known by producing myiasis in humans and other animals and by transmitting pathogens mechanically. C. albiceps stand out by being a facultative predator of other dipteran larvae. In this paper we investigated the influence of larval predation on the dispersal of larvae of C. albiceps and C. megacephala single and double species for three photophases. An experimental acrylic channel graduated and covered with wood shavings was used to observe the larval dispersal. The results showed that C. albiceps attacks C. megacephala larvae during dispersal and keeps an aggregated pattern close to the release point, in single and double species, independently of the different photophases. Chrysomya megacephala single species exhibited the same pattern, but in double species this was changed to a random distribution.
- Journal of Insect Behavior. New York: Springer/plenum Publishers, v. 18, n. 4, p. 543-555, 2005.
- larval predation and dispersal
- frequency distribution
- Acesso restrito
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