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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 103, No. 2, 2008, pp. 211-213
Bioline Code: oc08036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 103, No. 2, 2008, pp. 211-213

 en Diptera Brachycera found inside the esophagus of a mummified adult male from the early XIX century, Lisbon, Portugal
Couri, Márcia Souto; de Souza, Sheila Maria Ferraz Mendonça; Cunha, André Mallemont; Pinheiro, João & Cunha, Eugénia

Abstract

Fly puparia and adult fragments of diptera muscid were found inside the esophagus of a mummified body from the early XIX century, buried inside the crypt of the Sacrament Church (Lisbon, Portugal). The identification of the material revealed a monospecific colonization by Ophyra capensis check for this species in other resources (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Muscidae), a species known to invade corpses in the ammoniacal fermentation wave. This species can be found in corpses kept indoors, not available to the early waves of blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae). In the present case, the number of pupae and their developmental stage suggest that the female invaded the mummified corpse through the partially opened mouth and the oviposition took place directly inside the esophagus. This is the first case of O. capensis infesting internal organs of an intact corpse. The use of chemical products for the embalming process probably explains why external colonization did not occur.

Keywords
Ophyra capensis - forensic entomology - internal infestation - mummies

 
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