An occurrence of Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera: Muscidae) from a human corpse in a high-rise building in Malaysia: A case report

Syamsa Rizal Abdullah, F. M S Ahmad, Raja Muhammad Zuha Raja Kamal Bashah, A. Z. Khairul, M. A. Marwi, Shahrom Abd Wahid, Baharudin Omar

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This is the first report of Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera: Muscidae) on a human corpse discovered in a high-rise building in Malaysia. On 5 March 2008, a decomposing body of an adult female was found on the top floor of a thirteen-story building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her body was colonized by S. nudiseta larvae, which were normally associated with corpses found indoors at ground level. The post-mortem interval (PMI) was estimated at approximately 5 to 9 days. This case is significant as it demonstrates that this species can locate a dead body even in a high-rise building. Further findings of fly distribution especially in high-rise buildings should be reported to assist entomologists in PMI analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalTropical Biomedicine
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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An occurrence of Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera : Muscidae) from a human corpse in a high-rise building in Malaysia: A case report. / Abdullah, Syamsa Rizal; Ahmad, F. M S; Raja Kamal Bashah, Raja Muhammad Zuha; Khairul, A. Z.; Marwi, M. A.; Abd Wahid, Shahrom; Omar, Baharudin.

In: Tropical Biomedicine, Vol. 29, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 107-112.

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