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1 May 2005 Larval Morphology of Chrysomya nigripes (Diptera: Calliphoridae), a Fly Species of Forensic Importance
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The morphology of all instars of Chrysomya nigripes Aubertin, a blow fly species of forensic importance, is presented with the aid of both light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Morphological features of the cephalopharyngeal skeleton, anterior spiracle, posterior spiracle, and dorsal spines between the prothorax and mesothorax are highlighted. No consistent features were found, even using SEM, for distinguishing the first instar of C. nigripes from that of Chrysomya megacephala (F.) or Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart), two other commonly associated blow fly species in corpses in Thailand. Several features observed in second and third instars proved to be valuable characteristics for separating these species.

Kabkaew L. Sukontason, Roy C. Vogtsberger, Noppawan Boonchu, Tarinee Chaiwong, Duanghatai Sripakdee, Radchadawan Ngern-Klun, Somsak Piangjai, and Kom Sukontason "Larval Morphology of Chrysomya nigripes (Diptera: Calliphoridae), a Fly Species of Forensic Importance," Journal of Medical Entomology 42(3), 233-240, (1 May 2005). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585(2005)042[0233:LMOCND]2.0.CO;2
Received: 24 November 2004; Accepted: 18 February 2005; Published: 1 May 2005
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