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Identification of Forensically Important Insect Chrysomya megacephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Criminal Investigation from Nagpur Region

Journal of Scientific and Technical Research

Volume 9 Issue 2

Published: 2019
Author(s) Name: A. M. Shinde, A. L. Mahakalkar and V. A. Shende | Author(s) Affiliation: Department of Forensic Biology, Government Institute of Forensic Science, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
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Chrysomya megacephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae) also known as oriental latrine fly is blow fly species widely distributed in many parts of the world. This fl y has forensic importance as it infestson carrion soon after death and helps not only to estimate the post-mortem interval (PMI) but also to detect poisoning in a putrefying body. The present study was carried out on morphological identification of Chrysomya megacephala using key Lutz, 2018 and Cytochrome C Oxidase (COI). The special attention was focused on the tertiary morphological characteristics of flies collected from Nagpur region. The new COI subunit I (588 bp) gene sequence of Chrysomya megacephala have been added to GenBank (Accession No.- MN082633).

Keywords: Blowfly, Calliphoridae, Chrysomya megacephala, Cytochrome C oxidase (COI) gene, MN082633, Molecular, Morphological identification.

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