Syritta pipiens (Diptera: Syrphidae), a new species associated with human cadavers
Magni, P.A., Pérez-Bañón, C., Borrini, M. and Dadour, I.R. (2013) Syritta pipiens (Diptera: Syrphidae), a new species associated with human cadavers. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 231 (1-3). e19-e23.
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The analyses of necrophagous insects feeding on a corpse can be successfully used to estimate the minimum time since death. A minimum time frame is sometimes an underestimate, but it is actually the only method that can provide such information when decomposed remains are found at a crime scene. Many insects are known to be colonisers of a corpse, but because there is an endless spectrum of crime scene environments, the development data bases for necrophagous insects is incomplete. The two cases detailed in this paper show different entomological patterns due to the different environments (well and burial) and locations (south and central Italy) where the two cadavers were found. Common to both of these cases? was the discovery of the corpse in the same period of the year (January) and the presence of Syritta pipiens (Diptera: Syrphidae), a species that has never been associated with deceased humans. The ecological information concerning this insect was used in combination with the more typical entomofauna found on the corpse to provide a minimum post mortem interval.
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