Species identification of adult African blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of forensic importance

  • Necrophagous blowflies can provide an excellent source of evidence for forensic entomologists and are also relevant to problems in public health, medicine, and animal health. However, access to useful information about these blowflies is constrained by the need to correctly identify the flies, and the poor availability of reliable, accessible identification tools is a serious obstacle to the development of forensic entomology in the majority of African countries. In response to this need, a high-quality key to the adults of all species of forensically relevant blowflies of Africa has been prepared, drawing on high-quality entomological materials and modern focus-stacking photomicroscopy. This new key can be easily applied by investigators inexperienced in the taxonomy of blowflies and is made available through a highly accessible online platform. Problematic diagnostic characters used in previous keys are discussed.
Author:Lena Lutz, Kirstin A. Williams, Martin H. Villet, Mfon Ekanem, Krzysztof Szpila
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28849264
Parent Title (English):International journal of legal medicine
Place of publication:Berlin ; Heidelberg
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2017
Date of first Publication:2017/08/28
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/10/18
Tag:Africa; Blowflies; Calliphoridae; Forensic entomology; Speciesidentification
Page Number:12
First Page:831
Last Page:842
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Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0