Key to Forensically Important Piophilidae (Diptera) in the Nearctic Region
CJAI 27 -- January 22, 2015
Sabrina Rochefort1, Marjolaine Giroux2, Jade Savage3 and Terry A. Wheeler1
1Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, Macdonald Campus, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
Many species of Piophilidae (Diptera) are relevant to forensic entomology because their presence on a corpse can be helpful in estimating the postmortem interval (PMI) and document insect succession. The aims of this paper are to document the fauna of forensically relevant Piophilidae species worldwide and to present an updated checklist and identification key to the Nearctic species, as existing keys are either outdated, too broad in geographical scope to be user-friendly, and/or contain ambiguous characters. Thirteen species are included in the checklist and key. Information on their biology, taxonomy, character variability, and distribution is provided, supplementing the extensive work of McAlpine (1977).
Piophila casei males engaging in pugilistic territory defense.