A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia

Farrell, Julianne F., Whittington, Andrew E. and Zalucki, Myron P. (2015) A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia. Forensic Science International, 257. pp. 149-154. ISSN 03790738

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A review of insects collected from decomposing human remains in south-east Queensland yielded 32 species in three orders (Diptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera) and 11 families (Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae, Muscidae, Phoridae, Sepsidae, Chironomidae, Dermestidae, Cleridae, Histeridae, Staphylinidae, Encyrtidae). There were 15 cases where remains were located indoors and five cases where remains were outdoors, in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Coleoptera were strongly associated with outdoors remains, while dipteran species composition was similar in both indoor and outdoor habitats. Some Diptera were only associated with indoors remains, while others were similarly restricted to remains recovered outdoors. Hymenopteran parasitoids were active in both habitats. Comparative collections were made from other vertebrate remains, including road-kill and farmed animals throughout south-east Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW) during the same period.

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Keywords: Forensic entomology, Post-mortem, Diptera, Insect colonisation, Human cadavers, Queensland
Divisions: Business and Law
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 12:07
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2020 15:25
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17282
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