First Report of the Signal Fly, Scholastes sp. (Diptera: Platystomatidae) Visiting Animal Carcasses in Malaysia

Dhang, C.C. and Chin, H.C. and McAlpine, D. and Kurahashi, H. and Ahmad, N.W. and Marwi, M.A. and Jeffery, J. and Lim, L.H. and Omar, B. and Sofian-Azirun, Mohd (2008) First Report of the Signal Fly, Scholastes sp. (Diptera: Platystomatidae) Visiting Animal Carcasses in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 25 (3). pp. 264-266. ISSN 0127-5720

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Abstract

Signal fly, Scholastes sp. (Diptera: Platystomatidae) was observed associated with animal carcasses in Malaysia. The first observation was on a monkey carcass, which was killed by using a handgun and immediately placed in a forested area in Gombak, Selangor while the second observation was on a pig that died of natural causes and whose carcass was placed in an oil palm plantation in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor. Both animal carcasses were visited by Scholastes sp. flies during the fresh decomposition period. However, the role Scholastes flies in the decomposition process remains unknown. In this paper, we report the occurrence of Scholastes sp. on animal carcasses in Malaysia for the first time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal article cadaver feeding behavior fly forensic science Macaca methodology physiology swine zoology Animals Diptera Entomology Forensic Sciences Macaca fascicularis Postmortem Changes
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: miss munirah saadom
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 02:49
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 09:14
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/5802

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