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1 September 2014 Description of Third Instars of Cochliomyia minima (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from West Indies, and Updated Identification Key
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The blow fly Cochliomyia minima Shannon is endemic to the Caribbean, and it has great potential for forensic applications because of its abundance and broad distribution in the region. However, its larval stages are unknown. Here, I update previously published identification keys by describing for the first time the morphology of C. minima larvae. The larvae of C. minima are found to be very similar to those of Cochliomyia macellaria F., but the former can be easily identified by the oral sclerite completely pigmented, visible as a spike between mouth hooks. The description of C. minima larvae in this study will be useful to forensic scientists in the Caribbean region.

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S. Yusseff-Vanegas "Description of Third Instars of Cochliomyia minima (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from West Indies, and Updated Identification Key," Journal of Medical Entomology 51(5), 1051-1056, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME13088
Received: 1 May 2013; Accepted: 1 June 2014; Published: 1 September 2014
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