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Forensically important calliphoridae (diptera) associated with pig carrion in rural north-central Florida

Journal of Medical Entomology

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DOI: 10.1603/0022-2585(2007)44[509:FICDAW]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

A study to determine the relative abundance and seasonality of forensically important blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in rural north-central Florida was conducted using pig carcasses (Sus scrofa L.) as models for human bodies. Seven species of Calliphoridae were collected: Lucilia coeruleiviridis (=Phoenicia) (Macquart), Cochliomyia macellaria (F.), Chrysomya rufifaces (Macquart), Phormia regina (Meigen), Chrysomya megacephala (F.), and a few specimens of Calliphora livida Hall, and Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy. Species composition in aerial collections of adult flies, preserved larval collections, and samples of larvae reared to the adult stage were all highly correlated. Relative abundance of the species found was significantly different, with L. coeruleiviridis the most abundant species year-round. The relative abundance of the collected species varied significantly by day of decomposition and by season, with significant interactions between season and day, season and species, and day and species. L. coeruleiviridis, C. macellaria, C. rufifaces, and P. regina were found during the entire year, two C. vicina specimens and 11 C. livida specimens were collected from December to March, whereas C. megacephala was collected only from June through September. ?? 2007 Entomological Society of America.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Forensically important calliphoridae (diptera) associated with pig carrion in rural north-central Florida
Series title:
Journal of Medical Entomology
DOI:
10.1603/0022-2585(2007)44[509:FICDAW]2.0.CO;2
Volume
44
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
509
Last page:
515
Number of Pages:
7