Record of Leptometopa latipes (Diptera: Milichiidae) from a human cadaver in the Mediterranean area

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:G. Giordani, Tuccia, F., Zoppis, S., Vecchiotti, C., Vanin, S.
Journal:Forensic Sciences Research

AbstractIn forensic entomology, insects are used mainly to obtain information about the time since death. This information is obtained studying the developmental rate of the first colonizers, principally species in the families Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae, Muscidae, Stratiomyidae and Phoridae. However, species belonging to other families can provide information about body transfer or the season of the death. Among them Milichiidae are flies rarely reported from human cases despite the larvae of some species are known as saprophagous feeding on plant and animal decomposing matter. A potential cause of the lack of records of these species from forensic cases can be related with the paucity of descriptions and illustrations of the immature stages. In this article, the entomological samples collected from a human body found inside an apartment in a Maghreb country, in Northern Africa, is reported and Leptometopa latipes (Diptera: Milichiidae) is described in detail. Molecular analysis is also reported to confirm the morphological analysis.

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