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Identification of a Death-scene Maggot using Standardized Molecular Methods:Sarcophagabullata Parker 1916(Sarcophagidae) Out-numbers Blowflies (Calliphoridae)on an Urban Cadaver in Southeastern Texas | Abstract
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Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

Identification of a Death-scene Maggot using Standardized Molecular Methods:Sarcophagabullata Parker 1916(Sarcophagidae) Out-numbers Blowflies (Calliphoridae)on an Urban Cadaver in Southeastern Texas

Rekha Raghavendra1, Christopher P. Randle2 and Sibyl Rae Bucheli2*

1School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, USA

2Department of Biological Sciences Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Sibyl Rae Bucheli
Department of Biological Sciences Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX, USA
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Received date: August 02, 2011; Accepted date: August 25, 2011; Published date: September 03, 2011

Citation: Raghavendra R, Randle CP, Bucheli SR (2011) Identification of a Deathscene Maggot using Standardized Molecular Methods: Sarcophagabullata Parker 1916 (Sarcophagidae) Out-numbers Blowflies (Calliphoridae) on an Urban Cadaver in Southeastern Texas. J Forensic Res 2:133. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000133

Copyright: © 2011 Raghavendra R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

Abstract

In forensic entomology,fly data including maggot age are frequently used to help estimate the time since death.Accurate identification of the maggot to species is critical for time since death estimations. However, within a family, maggots are notoriously difficult to identify to species.In this study, we employ phylogenetic datafrom the mtDNAgenes COI and COII to identify an unknown maggot to species (member of the family Sarcophagidae) harvested from a cadaver in June 2009 in Harrison County, Texas. The most closely related species to our unknown maggot was SarcophagabullataParker 1916, a somewhat common carrion-feeding species in southeastern United States that is now gaininggreater recognition as a forensically significant species.

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