Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia

Heo Chong Chin, Hiromu Kurahashi, Mohamed Abdullah Marwi, John Jeffery, Baharudin Omar

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Abstract

Flies from the family Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae and Muscidae are usually found on human cadavers or animal carcasses. However, there are many other families of Diptera and Coleoptera that were found associated with animal carcasses, which have not been reported in Malaysia. In this paper, we report dipterans from the family Micropezidae: Mimegralla albimana Doleschall, 1856, Neriidae: Telostylinus lineolatus (Wiedemann 1830); Sepsidae: Allosepsis indica (Wiedemann 1824), Ulidiidae: Physiphora sp. and a beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridium sp.) as opportunist species feeding on oozing fluid during the decomposition process. They did not oviposit on the pig carcasses, therefore, their role in estimation of time of death is of little importance. However, they could provide clues such as locality and types of habitats of the crime scene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume40
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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Keywords

  • Acalyptrate
  • Coleoptera
  • Diptera
  • Forensic entomology
  • Pig carrions

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Chin, H. C., Kurahashi, H., Marwi, M. A., Jeffery, J., & Omar, B. (2011). Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 40(6), 601-604.

Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. / Chin, Heo Chong; Kurahashi, Hiromu; Marwi, Mohamed Abdullah; Jeffery, John; Omar, Baharudin.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 40, No. 6, 06.2011, p. 601-604.

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Chin, HC, Kurahashi, H, Marwi, MA, Jeffery, J & Omar, B 2011, 'Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia', Sains Malaysiana, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 601-604.
Chin HC, Kurahashi H, Marwi MA, Jeffery J, Omar B. Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana. 2011 Jun;40(6):601-604.
Chin, Heo Chong ; Kurahashi, Hiromu ; Marwi, Mohamed Abdullah ; Jeffery, John ; Omar, Baharudin. / Opportunistic insects associated with pig carrions in Malaysia. In: Sains Malaysiana. 2011 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 601-604.
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