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J Med Entomol. 2014 Nov 1;51(6):1283-95. doi: 10.1603/ME14029. Epub 2014 Nov 1.

Structural and Genetic Investigation of the Egg and First-Instar Larva of an Egg-Laying Population of Blaesoxipha plinthopyga (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), a Species of Forensic Importance.

Author information

1
Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. mlpimsler@gmail.com.
2
Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
3
Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
4
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, TX.

Abstract

Flies in the family Sarcophagidae incubate their eggs and are known to be ovoviviparous (i.e., ovolarviparous), but a laboratory-maintained colony of Blaesoxipha plinthopyga (Wiedemann) deposited clutches of viable eggs over 10 generations. A description of the egg and first-instar larva of this species is provided along with genetic data (genome size and cytochrome oxidase I sequences). The egg is similar to previously described eggs of other Sarcophagidae but differs in the configuration of the micropyle. In the first-instar larva, the oral ridges are much more developed than has been described for other species. B. plinthopyga has forensic importance, and the present descriptive information is critical for proper case management.

KEYWORDS:

flesh fly; genome size; morphology; ovoviviparity

PMID:
26309319
DOI:
10.1603/ME14029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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