Melinda (fly)

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A female Melinda sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Calliphoridae
Subfamily: Calliphorinae
Genus: Melinda
Type species
Musca cognata
Meigen, 1910

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  • Paradichosia Sen.-White, 1923
  • Gymnadichosia Villeneuve, 1927
  • Paurothrix Bezzi, 1927
  • Xerophilophaga Enderlein, 1933[1]

Melinda is a genus of flies in the family Calliphoridae. In general little is known of their biology. A few species have been reared from snails. One – Melinda cognata – is parasitic in the snails Helicella virgata and Goniodiseus rotundata and Melinda itoi is a parasite of the snail Acusta despecta sieboldiana.[1]


Most species are Oriental and Australian, but are found throughout the Old World tropical regions, and some parts the Palaearctic Region such as North Africa, Europe, China and Japan. In the Australian region, it is found in Fiji and the Samoan Islands.



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  2. ^ a b Verves, Yu. G. (2002). "An Annotated Check-List of Calliphoridae (Diptera) of the Russian Far East" (PDF). Far Eastern Entomologist (in English and Russian). Vladivostok: Far East Branch of the Russian Entomological Society. 116: 1–14. ISSN 1026-051X. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
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