Forensic Science International, 10 October 2012, Vol.222(1-3), pp.335-339
In Europe, the blowfly genus is represented in Forensic Entomology mainly by the species , , and . In the US, is rarely recorded as a carrion breeding species but usually as a more or less exclusive parasite of frogs and toads. We present three forensic cases from different European countries reporting, for the first time, on human bodies that were found close to lakes, wetlands, or riversides. To use this species for post-mortem interval estimations, thermal development data is needed. The first step is accurate identification by morphological and molecular means. Therefore, we analysed a 611 bp part of the mitochondrial COI region for 23 specimens of from 9 different geographical regions, all of which give the same haplotype. Differences within the haplotype varied by up to 0.2%. Comparison between the haplotype found and those published on GenBank showed up to 1.2% variance. Moreover, we present an updated key for the morphological identification of the third larval instars of European spp. of forensic importance, adding not only , but also which was recorded in Europe for the first time about 20 years ago.
Forensic Entomology ; Blowflies ; Lucilia Silvarum ; Case Report ; Cytochrome C Oxidase I ; Identification Key ; Public Health
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