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|Title:||Morphology and identification of first instars of the European and Mediterranean blowflies of forensic importance. Part I: Chrysomyinae|
M. J.R. Hall
K. L. Sukontason
T. I. Tantawi
|Keywords:||Agricultural and Biological Sciences|
Immunology and Microbiology
|Abstract:||Light microscopy photographs, line illustrations and scanning electron micrographs are provided for first instars of Chrysomya albiceps (Wiedemann), Chrysomya megacephala (Fabricius) and Protophormia terraenovae (Robineau-Desvoidy) (all: Diptera: Calliphoridae). The following morphological structures are documented: pseudocephalon; antennal complex; maxillary palpus; facial mask; thoracic and abdominal spinulation; spiracular field; posterior spiracles, and cephaloskeleton. New diagnostic features of the cephaloskeleton and the spinulation of abdominal segments are described. Verification of earlier descriptions revealed major discrepancies among published data. The present results allow for the clarification, correction and, especially, complementation of existing information provided by numerous authors. Finally, an identification key for first-instar larvae of European and Mediterranean Chrysomyinae of forensic importance is presented. © 2012 The Authors. Medical and Veterinary Entomology © 2012 The Royal Entomological Society.|
|Appears in Collections:||CMUL: Journal Articles|
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