International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 229–233 | Cite as

Multiple colonization of a cadaver by insects in an indoor environment: first record of Fannia trimaculata (Diptera: Fanniidae) and Peckia (Peckia) chrysostoma (Sarcophagidae) as colonizers of a human corpse

  • Simão Dias Vasconcelos
  • Thiago Ferreira Soares
  • Diego Leonel Costa
Case Report


We describe here a case of multiple colonization of a male cadaver found indoors in the municipality of Jaboatao dos Guararapes, Brazil. The body was colonized by six species of Diptera: Chrysomya albiceps, Chrysomya megacephala, Chrysomya putoria (Calliphoridae), Megaselia scalaris (Phoridae), Fannia trimaculata (Fanniidae), and Peckia (Peckia) chrysostoma (Sarcophagidae). The most abundant species were C. albiceps (65.0 % of all emerged adults) and C. megacephala (18.6 %). The case illustrates the ability of six insect species to simultaneously colonize a corpse in an indoor environment and represents the first collaboration between the forensic police and entomologists in Northeastern Brazil. We provide here the first record of two species, F. trimaculata and Peckia (P.) chrysostoma colonizing a human cadaver. We also report the first case of cadaver colonization by C. putoria and M. scalaris in Northeastern Brazil. Information on the development time of two species, C. albiceps and C. megacephala, were used to discuss the estimation of the post-mortem interval. Considering that the region harbors the highest rates of homicide in Brazil, implications of these findings for the consolidation of forensic entomology in the region are discussed.


Legal medicine Forensic entomology Necrophagous insects Post-mortem interval Blow fly 



We thank the staff from the Legal Medicine Institute (Recife) and from the forensic police from the Government of Pernambuco State for permission for the collection of biological material, Dr. Trev Williams (Inecol, Mexico) for the helpful comments on the manuscript, and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (Brazil) for the financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simão Dias Vasconcelos
    • 1
  • Thiago Ferreira Soares
    • 1
  • Diego Leonel Costa
    • 2
  1. 1.Insects of Forensic Importance Research Group, Department of ZoologyUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of Scientific PoliceGovernment of Pernambuco StateRecifeBrazil

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