Parasitology Research

, 101:1417 | Cite as

Forensic entomology cases in Thailand: a review of cases from 2000 to 2006

  • Kom Sukontason
  • Paitoon Narongchai
  • Chaturong Kanchai
  • Karnda Vichairat
  • Pongruk Sribanditmongkol
  • Tanin Bhoopat
  • Hiromu Kurahashi
  • Manoch Chockjamsai
  • Somsak Piangjai
  • Nophawan Bunchu
  • Somsak Vongvivach
  • Wirachai Samai
  • Tarinee Chaiwong
  • Rungkanta Methanitikorn
  • Rachadawan Ngern-Klun
  • Duanghatai Sripakdee
  • Worachote Boonsriwong
  • Sirisuda Siriwattanarungsee
  • Chaowakit Srimuangwong
  • Boonsak Hanterdsith
  • Khankam Chaiwan
  • Chalard Srisuwan
  • Surasak Upakut
  • Kittikhun Moopayak
  • Roy C. Vogtsberger
  • Jimmy K. Olson
  • Kabkaew L. Sukontason
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper presents and discusses 30 cases of cadavers that had been transferred for forensic entomology investigations to the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, northern Thailand, from 2000 to 2006. Variable death scenes were determined, including forested area and suburban and urban outdoor and indoor environments. The fly specimens found in the corpses obtained were the most commonly of the blow fly of family Calliphoridae, and consisted of Chrysomya megacephala (F.), Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) Chrysomya villeneuvi Patton, Chrysomya nigripes Aubertin, Chrysomya bezziana Villeneuve, Chrysomya chani Kurahashi, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann), Hemipyrellia ligurriens (Wiedemann), and two unknown species. Flies of the family Muscidae [Hydrotaea spinigera Stein, Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp)], Piophilidae [Piophila casei (L.)], Phoridae [Megaselia scalaris (Loew)], Sarcophagidae [Parasarcophaga ruficornis (F.) and three unknown species], and Stratiomyiidae (Sargus sp.) were also collected from these human remains. Larvae and adults of the beetle, Dermestes maculatus DeGeer (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), were also found in some cases. Chrysomya megacephala and C. rufifacies were the most common species found in the ecologically varied death scene habitats associated with both urban and forested areas, while C. nigripes was commonly discovered in forested places. S. nudiseta was collected only from corpses found in an indoor death scene.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kom Sukontason
    • 1
  • Paitoon Narongchai
    • 2
  • Chaturong Kanchai
    • 2
  • Karnda Vichairat
    • 2
  • Pongruk Sribanditmongkol
    • 2
  • Tanin Bhoopat
    • 2
  • Hiromu Kurahashi
    • 3
  • Manoch Chockjamsai
    • 2
  • Somsak Piangjai
    • 1
  • Nophawan Bunchu
    • 1
  • Somsak Vongvivach
    • 2
  • Wirachai Samai
    • 2
  • Tarinee Chaiwong
    • 1
  • Rungkanta Methanitikorn
    • 1
  • Rachadawan Ngern-Klun
    • 1
  • Duanghatai Sripakdee
    • 1
  • Worachote Boonsriwong
    • 1
  • Sirisuda Siriwattanarungsee
    • 1
  • Chaowakit Srimuangwong
    • 2
  • Boonsak Hanterdsith
    • 2
  • Khankam Chaiwan
    • 2
  • Chalard Srisuwan
    • 2
  • Surasak Upakut
    • 1
  • Kittikhun Moopayak
    • 1
  • Roy C. Vogtsberger
    • 4
  • Jimmy K. Olson
    • 5
  • Kabkaew L. Sukontason
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Parasitology, Faculty of MedicineChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  2. 2.Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of MedicineChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  3. 3.Department of Medical EntomologyNational Institute of Infectious DiseasesTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of BiologyMidwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA
  5. 5.Department of EntomologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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