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A preliminary analysis of insects of medico-legal importance in Curitiba, State of Paraná.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9332590     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A survey of the carrion fauna was made at two sites in Curitiba, State of Paraná, with the objective of describing the insects associated with carrion and setting up a preliminary data-base for medico-legal purposes in south Brazil. Vertebrate exclusion experiments were carried out in each season between 1994 and 1995 with a 250 g laboratory-bred rat (Rattus norvegicus). Five stages of decomposition were identified: fresh, bloated, decaying, dry and adipocere-like. Some species showed seasonal and site preference and so could be used to identify the probable place and season where death took place. Sarconesia chlorogaster (Diptera, Calliphoridae) was restricted to an open field site and to cooler months. Hemilucilia semidiaphana (Diptera, Calliphoridae) and Pattonella resona (Diptera, Sarcophagidae) were restricted to the forest site and warmer months. Phaenicia eximia (Diptera, Calliphoridae) and Oxyletrum discicolle (Coleoptera, Silphidae) were present at both sites throughout the year and could be useful for population level analysis. Dissochaetus murray (Coleoptera, Cholevidae) was present throughout the year at the forest site and was associated with the adipocere-like stage. Ants played an important role producing post-mortem injuries to the carcasses. Insects of 32 species are reported as being useful in community level approaches.
M O Moura; C J de Carvalho; E L Monteiro-Filho
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0074-0276     ISO Abbreviation:  Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz     Publication Date:    1997 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-12     Completed Date:  1998-03-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502619     Medline TA:  Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz     Country:  BRAZIL    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brasil.
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MeSH Terms
Forensic Medicine*
Insects / classification*

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