Financial support: Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq 520176/03-0).
A Forensic Entomology Case from the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 51, Issue 5, pages 1151–1153, September 2006
How to Cite
Pujol-Luz, J. R., Marques, H., Ururahy-Rodrigues, A., Rafael, J. A., Santana, F. H.A., Arantes, L. C. and Constantino, R. (2006), A Forensic Entomology Case from the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51: 1151–1153. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00217.x
- Issue published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Received 23 Oct. 2005; and in revised form 4 Mar. 2006; accepted 26 Mar. 2006; published 31 Aug. 2006.
- forensic science;
- forensic entomology;
- postmortem interval;
- Amazon rainforest;
- Paralucilia fulvinota
ABSTRACT: The first case of application of forensic entomology in the Brazilian Amazonia is described. The corpses of 26 men were found in the rainforest in Rondonia State, Brazil. Fly larvae collected on the bodies during autopsy were identified as Paralucilia fulvinota (Diptera, Calliphoridae). No data or specimens were collected at the crime scene. At the laboratory, the larvae developed into pupae in 58 h and into adults in 110.5 h. The total development time for P. fulvinota was measured in field experiments inside the forest. The age of the larvae when collected from the bodies was estimated as the difference between the time required for them to become adults and the total development time for this species. The estimated age of the maggots and the minimum postmortem interval was 5.7 days.