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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2008, pp. 339-342
Bioline Code: md08048
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2008, pp. 339-342

 en Arthropods Associated with Mammalian Carcasses in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Okiwelu, S.N.; Ikpamii, T. & Umeozor, O.C.


A total of 281 insects in four families of 2 orders: Diptera (Muscidae, Syrphidae, Calliphoridae) and Hymenoptera (Adidae), and 2 ixodids were collected from the mona monkey, Cercipithecus mona check for this species in other resources . The major species was the house fly, Musca domestica check for this species in other resources (72%). The entomofauna from the Giant cane Rat, Thyronomys swinderianus check for this species in other resources carcass, totalled 257 in 3 families of 2 orders: Diptera (Muscidae, Syrphidae) and Hymenoptera (Formicidae). The dominant species was M. domestica (76%). The highest insect population was 414, recorded from the carcass of the Forest Genet, Genetta poensis check for this species in other resources ; it consisted of 5 families in 3 orders: Diptera (Muscidae, Bombyliidae, Syrphidae), Coleoptera (Cleridae) and Hemiptera (Reduviidae). The order Diptera was dominant on all carcasses and the most prominent dipteran M. domestica was collected continuously, while the appearance of the other species was sporadic. Complete decomposition period was shortest (11 days) in the Giant cane Rat and longest (44 days) in the forest genet; the period in the mona monkey was 14 days. Successional occurrence of these arthropods was not discernible. These results are compared to those from other studies.

Arthropods, Mammals, Carcasses.

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