A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia.

Farrell, J.F., Whittington, A. E. and Zalucki, M., 2015. A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia. Forensic Science International, 257, 149 - 154 .

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DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.07.053

Abstract

A review of insects collected from decomposing human remains in south-east Queensland yielded 32 species in three orders (Diptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera) and 11 families (Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae, Muscidae, Phoridae, Sepsidae, Chironomidae, Dermestidae, Cleridae, Histeridae, Staphylinidae, Encyrtidae). There were 15 cases where remains were located indoors and five cases where remains were outdoors, in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Coleoptera were strongly associated with outdoors remains, while dipteran species composition was similar in both indoor and outdoor habitats. Some Diptera were only associated with indoors remains, while others were similarly restricted to remains recovered outdoors. Hymenopteran parasitoids were active in both habitats. Comparative collections were made from other vertebrate remains, including road-kill and farmed animals throughout south-east Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW) during the same period.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0379-0738
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diptera ; Forensic entomology ; Human cadavers ; Insect colonisation ; Post-mortem ; Queensland
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22407
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Sep 2015 08:38
Last Modified:01 Sep 2016 01:08

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