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The genus Scathophaga are small to medium sized predatory flies that for the most part, have larvae that feed on other insect larva within animal dung or decaying vegetable matter. Many are highly variable, sometimes producing small, infertile males that superficially resemble females.[1] is an example of an organism which may selectively store the sperm of multiple males, as females have three to four spermathecae.[2]

Scathophaga stercoraria, common yellow dung-fly
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Scathophagidae
Subfamily: Scathophaginae
Genus: Scathophaga
Meigen, 1803
Type species
Musca merdaria
Fabricius, 1794
S. furcata in copula
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These 99 species belong to the genus Scathophaga:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[3] c = Catalogue of Life,[4] g = GBIF,[5] b =[6]


  1. ^ Scathophaga stercoraria
  2. ^ (cf.
  3. ^ "Scathophaga Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  4. ^ "Catalogue of Life". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  5. ^ "Scathophaga". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  6. ^ "Scathophaga Genus Information". Retrieved 2018-04-27.

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