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Association of Myianoetus muscarum (Acari: Histiostomatidae) With Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera: Muscidae) on Human Remains

M. L. Pimsler, C. G. Owings, M. R. Sanford, B. M. OConnor, P. D. Teel, R. M. Mohr, J. K. Tomberlin
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjv203 tjv203 First published online: 6 January 2016


Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera: Muscidae) was identified during the course of three indoor medicolegal forensic entomology investigations in the state of Texas, one in 2011 from Hayes County, TX, and two in 2015 from Harris County, TX. In all cases, mites were found in association with the sample and subsequently identified as Myianoetus muscarum (L., 1758) (Acariformes: Histiostomatidae). This report represents the first records of a mite associated with S. nudiseta in the continental United States. In particular, this association is believed to be of potential future value in forensic investigations, as it lends new insight into the community structure of colonizers on human remains in indoor environments.

  • forensic entomology
  • Acari
  • phoresy
  • Myianoetus
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