Friday April 8th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Larval morphology of the forensically important Muscidae of Europe
Nicolaus Copernicus University, ToruÅ„, Poland
The Muscidae is a large dipteran family of some 4500 species and with a cosmopolitan distribution. Many species exhibit various degrees of synanthropy, and some are important from a medical and veterinary point of view, like those attracted to decaying organic matter (e.g. decomposing bodies). Housefly species on decomposed bodies, both as larvae and adults were found in carrion experiments and death investigations. Application of methods of Forensic Entomology requires proper species identification of collected material.
The morphology of immature stages in carrion visiting houseflies is unequally studied. In some species immature stages are not described and in the others only some stages are known. On the second hand characters used in some keys do not allow to easy species identification. It results in serious problems with identification of immature houseflies in forensic cases.
During an ongoing project morphological data concerning the immature stages of all European species of Muscidae of forensic importance will be revised. Results will be used to prepare an identification key for the larvae of forensically important species. For this purpose results obtained during this visit in Natural History Museum will be essential, as also for the future research projects concerned on larval morphology of Muscidae and Fanniidae.
Contact: Vladimir Blagoderov - firstname.lastname@example.org