Multiple species of scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) as contaminants in forensic entomology laboratory insect colony

Raja Muhammad Zuha Raja Kamal Bashah, L. X Q Jenarthanan, R. H L Disney, Baharudin Omar

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In forensic entomology, larval rearing usually includes the presence of biological contaminants including scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae). Scuttle flies are recognized as forensically important insects and have been reported causing nuisance and contamination in laboratory environments. This paper reports for the first time the finding of multiple scuttle fly species affecting colonies of third instar larvae of the Oriental latrine blowfly, Chrysomya megacephala (Fabricius) (Diptera: Calliphoridae), reared indoors at the Forensic Science Simulation Site, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Adult scuttle flies were discovered inside a rearing container after the emergence of adult C. megacephala., The scuttle fly species are Megaselia scalaris (Loew), M. spiracularis Schmitz and Puliciphora borinquenensis (Wheeler). Notes on the life history and biology of these species are discussed herein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-572
Number of pages5
JournalTropical Biomedicine
Volume32
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

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Multiple species of scuttle flies (Diptera : Phoridae) as contaminants in forensic entomology laboratory insect colony. / Raja Kamal Bashah, Raja Muhammad Zuha; Jenarthanan, L. X Q; Disney, R. H L; Omar, Baharudin.

In: Tropical Biomedicine, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 568-572.

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