oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A note on the life history of Platycobboldia loxodontis (Brauer) (Diptera: Gasterophilidae)

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



There are three species of Cobboldiinae known, all of which parasitize elephants exclusively. The larval stages are very similar while the imagines show such important differences that each species has been placed into a distinct genus. The first species studied was that from the Indian Elephant (Elephas maximus Linnaeus), and is known to-day as Cobboldia elephantis (Steel). The two other species occur in the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana (Blumenbach) and are named Platycobboldia loxodontis (Brauer) and Rodhainomyia roverei (Gedoelst), see Zumpt, 1962.

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