Muscidae - undet. sp.
Undet. genus and sp.
Size: (Historic record, no specimen)
Group Guild Status
Incidental? Unknown Rare
This is a record from the initial study, with no date of sample, photograph, or identification beyond family level. Muscids are uncommon in caves, but members of several other, related calyptrate muscoid families, notably the Calliphoridae (blow flies), Sarcophagidae (flesh flies), Tachinidae (tachinid flies), and Anthomyiidae (anthomyiid flies) are often common in caves, particularly in entrance areas. Many of these flies have a superficial resemblance to muscid flies, particularly if merely observed in flight. Without the specimen for confirmation, we suspect this record may not actually belong in the family Muscidae, but would more likely belong to another of the above-listed fly families. We do have a single record of Pegomya sp. (Anthomyiidae) from the recent study, and there is some potential the original record could be this same species. However, without the original specimen, we cannot make this determination. We have retained Muscidae in the record of species from the cave due to a lack of contrary evidence.
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