The colonization of carrion by soldier fly, Ptecticus melanurus (Walker) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) in a tropical forest in Malaysia: A new potential species for minimum PMI estimation

A. Azwandi, Baharudin Omar

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This paper discusses the colonization of the stratiomyid species Ptecticus melanurus (Walker) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) in monkey carrion and its potential for the determination of the minimum time since death (PMI). A study was conducted in a tropical forest at Bangi, Malaysia from 13 November 2009 to 8 June 2011. Twelve monkey carcasses (Macaca fascicularis Raffles) were used and divided in equal number into three different field trials. Adults of P. melanurus were first observed on monkey carrions on the second day the carcasses were placed in the field while their penultimate instar larvae were found in the wet soil under and beside carcass from day 8 to 31 days postmortem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-641
Number of pages4
JournalTropical Biomedicine
Volume29
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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Malaysia
Military Personnel
Diptera
Haplorhini
Macaca fascicularis
Larva
Soil
Forests

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  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology

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