Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification

Key to Forensically Important Piophilidae (Diptera) in the Nearctic Region

CJAI 27 -- January 22, 2015

Sabrina Rochefort, Marjolaine Giroux, Jade Savage and Terry A. Wheeler


| Abstract | Introduction | Materials & Methods | Identification Challenges | Checklist | Key to Piophilidae | Acknowledgments | References | PDF | Cite |

Key to the Nearctic Piophilidae of forensic interest

Morphological terminology follows Cumming & Wood (2009). All measurements were taken on dry specimens; body length was measured from the front of the head (excluding the antenna) to the end of the abdomen; wing length was measured from base to apex.

Sepsidae and Heleomyzidae are two other acalyptrate Diptera families often collected in large numbers on carcasses. They are sometimes misidentified as a Piophilidae because of similarity in the overall appearance of some species. Characters to distinguish these two families from Piophilidae are included in the identification key.

Differentiating Sepsidae from Piophilidae

Differentiating Heleomyzidae from Piophilidae

Key to the Piophilidae of Forensic Importance