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      Hydrotaea similis Meade (Diptera: Muscidae) newly reported from a human cadaver: a case report and larval morphology.

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          A human cadaver is an attractive breeding habitat for necrophagous insects and for those species that are predators of necrophages. One of the important tasks of forensic entomologists is to provide a reliable list of species associated with decomposing bodies both in the adult and larval stages. We present here a case of a human cadaver discovered in Central Sweden and the insect fauna associated with it. This is the first report of Hydrotaea similis larvae developing in a dead human body. The larvae of H. similis have only recently been studied and, therefore, even if previously they had been collected during forensic casework or experiments, the larvae could not have been properly identified, except if reared to the adult stage. To facilitate future studies and casework, detailed descriptions are provided here of the morphology of third instar larvae of both H. dentipes and H. similis using combined SEM and light microscopy techniques. We describe characters that allow for easy species identification and discrimination of these two forensically important and closely related species.

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          Journal
          Forensic Sci. Int.
          Forensic science international
          1872-6283
          0379-0738
          Sep 2014
          : 242
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Chair of Ecology and Biogeography, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Lwowska 1, 87-100 Toruń, Poland. Electronic address: hydrotaea@gmail.com.
          [2 ] Department for Chemistry, Environment and Feed Hygiene, National Veterinary Institute, SE-751 89 Uppsala, Sweden. Electronic address: Anders.Lindstrom@sva.se.
          [3 ] Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD London, UK. Electronic address: M.Hall@nhm.ac.uk.
          Article
          S0379-0738(14)00299-0
          10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.07.014
          25112152
          f9bfed6f-4d02-4369-835f-5d8fcdb31f7b
          Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

          Diptera,Forensic entomology,Hydrotaea dentipes,Hydrotaea similis,Larval morphology,SEM

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