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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Calliphoridae
Tribe: Calliphorini
Genus: Cordylobia
Gruenberg, 1903
Type species
Ochromyia anthropophaga
Blanchard, 1872

Cordylobia is a genus of fly from the family Calliphoridae. The larvae of Cordylobia are parasitic on mammals, especially rodents. Two species, C. anthropophaga (the tumbu fly) and C. rodhaini (Lund's fly), also are known as parasites of humans. The adult flies feed on rotting fruits, vegetables and animal faeces, and are most abundant in the wet season. like many tropical insects they are most active in the morning and evening. Cordylobia are largely confined to Africa, though they have been recorded elsewhere when transported by human travellers.[1]


The genus consists of four species (as of 2006.[2][3]


  1. ^ Merilyn J Geary; Bernard J Hudson; Richard C Russell; Andrew Hardy (1999). "Exotic myiasis with Lund's fly (Cordylobia rodhaini)". The Medical Journal of Australia. Australasian Medical Publishing Company. 171 (11–12): 654–655. PMID 10721359. Retrieved 13 Oct 2008. 
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  3. ^ Andy Z. Lehrer and George Goergen (2006). "A propos de Cordylobia rodhaini Gedoelst et la description d′une nouvelle espèce affine afrotropicale, Diptera, Calliphoridae" (PDF). Fragmenta Dipterologica (in French). 2006 (2): 14–19. Retrieved 22 Oct 2009. 
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