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#1 2014-06-26 23:57:47

Marc Taylor
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trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

Is there a open access copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955) "A key to the females of the British species of Sarcophaga (Dipt., Calliphoridae)." Journal of the Society for British Entomology 5: 119-123. out there anywhere?

I am attempting to ID some female Sarcophaga and would appreciate some pointers

Thanks in advance

Marc

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#2 2014-06-27 02:33:40

Martin Cooper
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

Hi Marc, Not quite what you asked about, but there is a key to British Sarcophagidae in this part of the RES Handbook: http://www.royensoc.co.uk/sites/default … oridae.pdf

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#3 2014-06-27 03:01:57

Mark
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

you may also need D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. An Important Character in the Identification of the Females of Sarcophaga (Dipt., Calliphoridae).  Journal of the Society for British Entomology. 1953. 4(8). 167-8

Mark

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#4 2014-06-27 12:09:16

Howard Bentley
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

There is a key to females in Pape's book in the Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica series, which covers all of our species except for two rarities. However, I don't think it works very well, and unlike the males you have no check from external genitalia on the accuracy of your determinations. The book "Sarcophaga of France" has a key to the females of French species, which includes most of ours, but it relies heavily on genitalia features which require quite sophisticated dissection. Females of Sarcophaga are perhaps a group best left to professionals with access to lots of expensive equipment. The best of luck to you if you're going to attempt it; I'm afraid I've given them up on the grounds that life's too short!

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#5 2014-06-28 01:08:10

Mark
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

I largely agree with Howard, I have both the books he mentions, If I was to choose only one, personally I would go for the french one. But I suspect others would prefer the Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica. If you can afford both, they do work well together I find.

One way one could id females, if bought home alive, is to place them in a jar with some peat and a piece of meat. then remove the female once she has laid eggs. Then rear the young, invariably some will be males and can be identified. I have done this one. Its a rather smelly business.

One usually fins enough males to keep one busy. Especially if they are hill-topping. I would go as far as Howard and say they are best left to professionals. But perfecting pulling out male genitalia and setting it 'just so' takes some practice.

Mark

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#6 2014-06-30 12:46:12

ChrisR
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

I have been working on producing some good deep-focus images of male sarcophagid genitalia for an online project and I think, as much as it would be technically fun to ID females, I have no plans to try. Where sarcos exist you can always pick up males and with a bit of practice spot the sexes in the field and so largely avoid females. smile

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#7 2014-07-01 00:39:57

Marc Taylor
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Re: trying to locate a copy of Day, C.D. & D'Assis-Fonseca, E.C.M. (1955)

A big thank you to Chris R, Mark, Howard B and Martin for all your replies, plenty to consider. I look forward to finding some males or females to correctly prepare . . . .

Much obliged

Marc

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