Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia

Heo, Chong Chin and Hiromu Kurahashi, and Mohamed Abdullah Marwi, and John Jeffery, and Baharudin Omar, (2011) Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 40 (6). pp. 601-604. ISSN 0126-6039


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Flies from the family Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae and Muscidae are usually found on human cadavers or animal carcasses. However, there are many other families of Diptera and Coleoptera that were found associated with animal carcasses, which have not been reported in Malaysia. In this paper, we report dipterans from the family Micropezidae: Mimegralla albimana Doleschall, 1856, Neriidae: Telostylinus lineolatus (Wiedemann 1830); Sepsidae: Allosepsis indica (Wiedemann 1824), Ulidiidae: Physiphora sp. and a beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridium sp.) as opportunist species feeding on oozing fluid during the decomposition process. They did not oviposit on the pig carcasses, therefore, their role in estimation of time of death is of little importance. However, they could provide clues such as locality and types of habitats of the crime scene.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Acalyptrate; Coleoptera; Diptera; forensic entomology; pig carrions
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:2505
Deposited By: Mr Azam
Deposited On:03 Aug 2011 07:04
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:31

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