Biosystematics of flies

Myiasis occurs when fly larvae feed on dead or living flesh. It is a particular problem for livestock and causes severe economic losses worldwide.

This research is studying how the biosystematics (morphological, physiological, behavioural and molecular character adaptations) of flies determines myiasis.

Key goals in this study will be a review of the most economically important genus of sarcophagid (flesh eating) flies:

  • Chrysomya bezziana
  • Wohlfahrtia magnifica

The work will be a starting point to develop further revisionary studies within the Sarcophagidae.

Research leader

Dr Martin Hall
Dr Martin Hall

Biomedical research entomologist specialising in flesh-eating flies, myiasis, forensic entomology and tsetse and tabanid flies.