Larval morphology, development and forensic importance of Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Diptera: Muscidae) in Europe: a rare species or just overlooked?

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Title: Larval morphology, development and forensic importance of Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Diptera: Muscidae) in Europe: a rare species or just overlooked?
Authors: Velásquez Zambrano, Yelitza | Ivorra, Tania | Grzywacz, Andrzej | Martínez-Sánchez, Anabel | Magaña, Concepción | García-Rojo Gambín, Ana María | Rojo, Santos
Research Group/s: Bionomía, Sistemática e Investigación Aplicada de Insectos Dípteros e Himenópteros
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales
Keywords: Synthesiomyia nudiseta | Larval morphology | Scanning electron microscopy | Preimaginal development | Forensic entomology | Postmortem interval | Europe
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: 29-Aug-2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Bulletin of Entomological Research. 2013, 103(1): 98-110. doi:10.1017/S0007485312000491
Abstract: The muscid Synthesiomyia nudiseta (van der Wulp, 1883) is a species with forensic importance in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This fly has recently been introduced into southern Europe and, until now, had not been recorded in forensic cases in this region. Here, morphology of all larval instars of S. nudiseta is documented in detail by using a combination of light and scanning electron microscopy. Literature data concerning larval morphology are revised and characters allowing identification from other forensically important Muscidae are listed. The life cycle of this species was studied at four constant temperatures: 15, 20, 25 and 30 °C. Total development varied between 46.50 ± 0.97 days at 15 °C and 15.39 ± 0.32 days at 30 °C. Moreover, we report this species breeding in human corpses, for the first time in Europe, in forensic cases from autopsies at the Anatomical Forensic Institute of Madrid and the Institute of Legal Medicine of Alicante, Spain.
Sponsor: This work is part of a PhD project supported by the Programme Alßan, (European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin America, scholarship No. E06D101359VE) and has been partially supported by the Generalitat Valenciana (GV/2011/039) and the University of Alicante (GRE09-27). Research on larval morphology received support from the SYNTHESYS Project http://www.synthesys.info/, which is financed by the European Community Research Infrastructure Action under the FP7 Integrating Activities Programme and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant no N N303 470838).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/34247
ISSN: 0007-4853 (Print) | 1475-2670 (Online)
DOI: 10.1017/S0007485312000491
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007485312000491
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