Oestrus ovis

Oestrus ovis Linnaeus, 1758

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Brief Summary

Flies in several genera may cause myiasis (infection with the larval stage [maggots] of various flies) in humans, including, occasionally, flies in the New World genus Oestrus. Oestrus ovis (Oestridae) is found throughout the world in areas where sheep are tended.

(Centers for Disease Control Parasites and Health website)

Author(s): Shapiro, Leo
Rights holder(s): Shapiro, Leo


  • Oestrus argalis Pallas, 1776 (synonym)
  • Oestrus perplexus Hudson, 1892 (synonym)