First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari: Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia

Azima Laili Hanifah, Mariana Ahamad, Baharudin Omar, Ahmad Taufik Yusoff, Vishalani Vishnu Narainasamy, Gen Takaku

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In a forensic acarology study, conducted in a secondary forest of Forensic Science Simulation Site, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, Selangor, six carcasses consisted of three monkeys and three rabbits were placed individually in steel enclosures and observed for 35 days. The carcasses, the soil beneath them and pitfall traps were checked daily for insects and mites. A species of mesostigmatid mite, Macrocheles scutatiformis was discovered and this is a first time reported in Malaysia. There are about 94.0% of Macrocheles present inside the cages of the monkey and rabbit carcasses. Most mites in this study were collected from soil beneath the carcasses, on a dung beetle and a Chrysomya rufifacies larva. Our findings showed that M. scutatiformis have a potential role in forensic investigation involving dead animals perhaps corpses especially during the dry stage of decomposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume44
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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Macrochelidae
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Acari
insects
monkeys
Chrysomya rufifacies
rabbits
acarology
soil
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dung beetles
dead animals
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secondary forests
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  • First report
  • Insects
  • Macrocheles scutatiformis
  • Malaysia

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Hanifah, A. L., Ahamad, M., Omar, B., Yusoff, A. T., Narainasamy, V. V., & Takaku, G. (2015). First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari: Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 44(5), 681-686.

First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari : Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia. / Hanifah, Azima Laili; Ahamad, Mariana; Omar, Baharudin; Yusoff, Ahmad Taufik; Narainasamy, Vishalani Vishnu; Takaku, Gen.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 44, No. 5, 01.05.2015, p. 681-686.

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Hanifah, AL, Ahamad, M, Omar, B, Yusoff, AT, Narainasamy, VV & Takaku, G 2015, 'First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari: Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia', Sains Malaysiana, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 681-686.
Hanifah AL, Ahamad M, Omar B, Yusoff AT, Narainasamy VV, Takaku G. First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari: Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana. 2015 May 1;44(5):681-686.
Hanifah, Azima Laili ; Ahamad, Mariana ; Omar, Baharudin ; Yusoff, Ahmad Taufik ; Narainasamy, Vishalani Vishnu ; Takaku, Gen. / First report of Macrocheles scutatiformis (Acari : Macrochelidae) found on insects and soil beneath animal carcasses in Malaysia. In: Sains Malaysiana. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 681-686.
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