Study on the life history and protein content of Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidiae) a forensically important insect

Adhikari K Khanikor B Sarma R Mahanta S Kalita J   

Abstract

Since past few decades insects have been serving as an important tool in forensic entomology i.e. in determining the time elapsed since death. The present investigation aims at studying one of the primary colonizer of carcass namely Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidiae) in Guwahati, Assam. The growth and development of S. ruficornis like other insects depends strictly on the climatic conditions prevailing in the area and level of exposure of the corpse. For laboratory culture of the flesh fly S. ruficornis, chick liver was taken as bait. The total protein content of different developmental stages of S. ruficornis and the fresh as well as rotten chick liver was determined by using the method of Lowry et al. The developmental time of S. ruficornis was found as 25±3 days during the investigation period (23±1 days during May and 28±2 days during the month of February). The protein content of the liver was found to decrease during its decomposition stage and the protein content of the developing stages of the fly was found to increase linearly.


MS Received Date:   2016-10-28  MS Accepted Date:  2016-12-06  MS Published Date:  2017-01-04
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Adhikari K, Khanikor B., Sarma R., Mahanta S., Kalita J. "Study on the life history and protein content of Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidiae) a forensically important insect" Journal of Zoology Studies 3.6 (2016): 1-8.
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Adhikari, K., Khanikor, B., Sarma, R., Mahanta, S., Kalita, J. (2016). Study on the life history and protein content of Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidiae) a forensically important insect. Journal of Zoology Studies, 3(6), 1-8.
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Adhikari K, Khanikor B, Sarma R, Mahanta S, Kalita J. Study on the life history and protein content of Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidiae) a forensically important insect. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2016; 3(6): 1-8.
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