Cordylobia spp

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Larvae of Cordylobia emerging from the coat

Cordylobia spp are a parasitic Mango fly which causes myiasis in cattle worldwide[1].

Cordylobia spp (f. Calliphoridae) lay eggs on the ground, which then hatch and crawl onto the ventral skin and penetrate the dermis. They feed on cattle, other ruminants and humans, causing intense pruritus and formation of boil-like furuncles[2].

Species of Cordylobia which have been recognised as disease causing in cattle include:

  • C. anthropophaga (African tumble fly)
  • C. rodhaini (Africa)

Topical insecticides such as pyrethrins (eg, cypermethrin or cyfluthrin) help control these parasites[3].


  1. Merck Vet Manual
  2. Edungbola LD (1982) Cutaneous myiasis due to tumbu-fly, Cordylobia anthropophaga in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Acta Trop 39(4):355-362
  3. Romaniuk K (1999) The influence of diptera on the domestic animals. Wiad Parazytol 45(3):323-326