Research on Calyptratae (Diptera) in India: A wheel of Fire from past to present

Shuvra Kanti Sinha


Research work on Indian Calyptratae (Diptera) along modern scientific lines was first started with the advent of the East India Company and Christian missionaries during the mid-eighteenth century. Some enthusiastic Medical Officers of the Colonial Government collected insect materials from several parts of India and supplied them to the renowned European systematists. This study is considered as the pioneer scientific contribution on Calyptrate fly research in India. Flies related to severe economic loss like tachinid flies as pests in sericulture and bot flies related to myiasis in camels and horses were studied and reported mainly during the second half of the nineteenth century. Inauguration of The Bombay Natural History Society and The Indian Museum contributed a lot to Calyptratae documentation in India. In the post-independence period, though a number of Indian workers made remarkable contribution on Calyptratae following the British Officials and foreign workers, not all the families have been covered extensively to date. The existing inadequacy of experts in most of the families under the Calyptratae is a serious matter to be reviewed.


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