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EFFECTS OF THALLIUM ON THE LARVAL DEVELOPMENT OF LUCILIA SERICATA MEIGEN 1826 AND PMI ESTIMATION

By Arif Gökhan BAŞARAN, Arif Gökhan BAŞARAN and Ferhat ALTUNSOY and Ferhat ALTUNSOY

Abstract

Determination of larval growth rate of and forensic analysis of the age of Calliphoridae larvae on a corpse are useful evidence in legal investigations for the estimation of exact death time and time duration after death; post mortem interval. However many factors, such as temperature, tissue type and contamination of drugs and toxins, effect larval development of blow fly larvae and consequently theestimation of post mortem interval. The present study examined the larval growth rate of a forensically important blow fly species, Lucilia sericata Meigen 1826 in different concentrations (0,12; 0,25; 0,50; 1 and 2 μg/g) of toxic heavy metal Thallium under controlled laboratory conditions. Body length and weight, death ratio of larvae and pupa between experimental and control groups were compared. Results demonstrated that the development rate of larvae between uncontaminated and contaminated diets varies significantly. In short, they molted later, reached maximum length more slowly and sometimesproduced significantly smaller pupae in contaminated food source. These results emphasized that the importance of determining the contamination rate of toxins in tissue for the forensic entomologist,while using development rates from standard curves based on larvae fed non-contaminated mediums

Topics: Estimation of post mortem interval, Forensic Entomology Entomotoxicology, Larval Growth Rate, Lucilia sericata, Blow fly, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Science, Q, DOAJ:Biology, DOAJ:Biology and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, TP248.13-248.65, Chemical technology, TP1-1185, Technology, T, DOAJ:Biotechnology, DOAJ:Life Sciences
Publisher: Anadolu University
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:1ccee33687c944398a63d4439c524dc8
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