Ultrastructural studies on the antenna of Diptera of forensic importance

Abstract : 

Insects play an important role in the decomposition of corpses, and this role of insects helps to elucidate criminal events. Forensic entomology requires that the species identification should be executed without error. The most important insect group used in estimate the postmortem interval is Diptera. By using scanning electron microscope, the external morphology of insects can be examined better and identification can be made faster and more accurately. The purpose of this study is to investigate some anatomical structures of the antennas by using scanning electron microscopy of five species of adult Diptera with forensic importance and to contribute to the insect database with forensic importance. The insect species studied in this study are: Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, Chrysomia albiceps (Wiedemann, 1819), Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann, 1830), Lucilia sericata (Meigen, 1826) and Muscina stabulans (Fallen, 1817). SEM images of five species of Diptera with forensic importance were examined by photographing. The surface of the antennal segments are covered with various number chaetic sensilla and trichoidea sensilla. The position and number of chaetic sensillans on scape and pedicel can be used as a taxonomic character


Keyword : 

Forensic science, forensic entomology, ultrastructure, antenna, Diptera


Author(s) : , M. Darılmaz, D. Karataş, H. Taşatan
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