Carrion Flies of Australia


A LUCID key for the online identification of the Australian flies known or suspected to breed in carrion

Kavazos C. R. J., Meiklejohn K. A., Archer M. S. and Wallman J. F.

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Welcome to Carrion Flies of Australia, an interactive tool for the identification of the flies most frequently encountered breeding in carrion in Australia. This tool enables the rapid identification of over 70 species, with accompanying information on their taxonomy, biology and distribution. Also included is a range of photographs of all species and their morphological features.

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Information on the taxonomy, distribution and biology of each species is provided in fact sheets accessible within the key. Fact sheets can be accessed separately by clicking on the link below.

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We thank the Australian National Insect Collection (Canberra, Australia) and the Queensland Museum (Brisbane, Australia) for access to curated specimens, Nikolas Johnston and Nathan Butterworth for editing assistance, and Fabian Kreilaus for the habitus photographs.

This work has received the financial support of the organisations listed at the bottom of this page.

Feedback or enquires about the key can be directed to A/Prof James Wallman ([email protected]).


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How to Cite / Licencing

Carrion Flies of Australia by C. R. J. Kavazos et al. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

To cite this work in an academic setting, please use the following citation:

Kavazos C. R. J., Meiklejohn K. A., Archer M. S. and Wallman J. F. (2016). Carrion Flies of Australia. Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions, University of Wollongong.

Financial Support

Produced with the financial support of the following agencies:

  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • NSW Police Force