Meenakshi Bharti

Meenakshi Bharti
Punjabi University, Patiala · Department of Zoology

Ph.D.

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Blowfly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) identification is a prerequisite to the field of sanitary biology, medical, veterinary, and forensic entomology. The specimens were collected using fly traps in eight regions of Fars province, Iran. A total of 10 species belonging to four genera were recorded out of which Calliphora pattoni Aubertin, 1931 and Chryso...
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The cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) are expressed on insect cuticle and provide protection from desiccation and abrasion. The CHC profiles are species-specific and vary in each insect. Forensic entomologists have utilized varying expressions of CHCs to determine the age as well as to delimit insects. This review focuses on the role of CHCs in species...
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A relevant species in waste management but also in forensic, medical, and veterinary sciences is the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Linnaeus; Diptera: Stratiomyidae). An ultrastructural study by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was conducted for the first time on maxillary palps of both sexes, describing in detail the morphology and distri...
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We provide detailed description of three larval instars of two ant species namely; Myrmica hecate Weber 1947 and Mymica rupestris Forel 1902. Myrmica rupestris larvae exhibit the “pogonomyrmecoid” body shape which is considered ancestral in the genus Myrmica, whereas M.hecate larvae exhibit the “pheidoloid” shape.
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Life history observations are documented for two species of rhiniid flies from the Western Ghats in India: larviposition and termitophagy in Stomorhina procula (Walker), and oviposition and saprophagy in Borbororhinia bivittata (Walker). Oviposition and larviposition strategies in termitophilous Rhiniidae (Diptera: Oestroidea) are discussed based o...
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Chrysomya putoria (Wiedemann, 1830) and C. thanomthini Kurahashi & Tumrasvin, 1977 were recorded for the first time from India. The species were collected from an altitude of 2,000m in the Himalaya. An updated key to the Indian species of the genus Chrysomya Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 is provided herein.
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First verified record of genus Onesia (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from India
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An updated checklist of blow fly fauna of Pakistan is provided herewith. Calliphora loewi Enderlein, 1903, Isomyia electa (Villeneuve, 1927), Lucilia calviceps Bezzi, 1927, Rhinia apicalis (Wiedemann, 1830) and Stomorhina xanthogaster (Wiedemann, 1820) represent new records for the country. Now, the family Calliphoridae is represented by seven subf...
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Correct species identification is the first and the most important criteria in entomological evidence-based postmortem interval (PMI) estimation. Although morphological keys are available for species identification of adult blow flies, keys for immature stages are either lacking or are incomplete. In this study, cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) r...
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Three new records of genus Isomyia Walker, 1860 has been documented for the first time from India. All the three species belong to viridaurea group. A key to the sixteen species recorded so far from India is provided.
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Parasitism is an arms race, where host and parasite try to out-compete each other. Ants are no exception to parasitism and are parasitized by several organisms including ants themselves. Some blowflies use ants as a resource for the completion of their life cycle. For the first time, we report in detail such an association between species of blowfl...
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As one of the 17 megadiverse countries of the world and with four biodiversity hotspots represented in its borders, India is home to an impressive diversity of life forms. However, much work remains to document and catalogue the species of India and their geographic distributions, especially for diverse invertebrate groups. In the present study, a...
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So far the genus, with the present description, includes 43 species from East Asia, Australia and Oceania. Three species were earlier known from India: Polleniopsis annamensis Kurahashi, 1972, P. pilosa Townsend, 1917 and P. kashmirensis Kurahashi and Okadome, 1976 (Bharti, 2015). The present species Polleniopsis bomdilaensis Bharti and Verves, sp....
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Melinda pusilla pusilla (Villeneuve) is recorded for the first time from India. The specimen of this species was collected from Periyar, Kerala falling in the biodiversity rich region of Western Ghats. A key to adults of seven species recorded so far of this genus from India is provided.
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The Northern-Indian Shivalik mountain range has recently come under strong anthropogenic pressure. Ants were used as bioindicators to assess ecosystem health of the area. We measured diversity, community patterns, species composition and the inluence of invasive species of Formicidae by collecting at 75 sites from 44 locations in three habitats: pr...
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Polleniopsis annamensis Kurahashi, 1972 has been recorded for the first time from India (Western Ghats). A key to the four species of the genus Polleniopsis Townsend, 1917 recorded so far from India is provided.
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Melinda flavibasis (Malloch) is recorded for the first time from India. The specimen of this species was collected from Periyar, Kerala falling in the biodiversity rich region of Western Ghats. A key to adults of seven species recorded so far of this genus from India is provided.
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Chrysomya chani Kurahashi, 1979 is recorded for the first time from India. The specimens of this species were collected from the Western Ghats, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A key to adults of 11 species recorded so far of this genus from India is provided.
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Life tables for two forensically important flies viz. Calliphora vicina and Musca domestica nebulo were generated at varying temperatures. The findings would help the forensic entomologists in legal investigations. Blowflies (Diptera : Calliphoridae), flesh flies (Diptera : Sarcophagidae) and house flies (Diptera : Muscidae) have medical, veterinar...
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Summary. Stomorhina siamensisKurahashi et Tumrasvin, 1992 has been recorded for the first time from India (Western Ghats). A key to eight species of the genusStomorhina Rondani, 1861 recorded so far from India is provided. Key words: Diptera, Calliphoridae, Rhiniinae, Stomorhina, faunistic, key, India.
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In this study we investigate variation in species density, species richness, abundance and functional-groups composition along an elevational gradient in Jammu-Kashmir Himalaya. We tested the hypotheses that (1) species richness and abundance decrease with increase in elevation with respect to temperature change, and (2) assemblage composition chan...
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2 hom e > Vol.14, No. 2, July -De ce m be r 2013 > Pape r 2 by B.Suri Babu and colle ague s (you are he re) Navigation ribbon (Click to enlarge) Himanshu Sharma (Click to enlarge) Meenakshi Bharti (Click to enlarge) Estimation of post mortem interval by rearing Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart, 1842) (Diptera: Calliphoridae): A case study from centra...
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Larval instars of Aphaenogaster beesoni Donisthorpe, 1933 are herein described in detail by scanning electron microscopy. Based on the body profile, body size, types of body hairs and head capsule size a total of five larval stages are recognised. All five instars show clear variations in their body shape and mouth parts. Body of the first instar i...
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Blowflies use carrion as a resource for the proliferation of their progeny. Being the first visitors to arrive at corpse, these flies are used by forensic entomologists throughout the world in solving homicidal cases. A thorough knowledge about the carrion fauna of a place is a prerequisite before putting the entomological knowledge into practice....
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An updated checklist of blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) is provided herewith. This has been carried due to some recent shufflings, new records, new species and erroneous placement of taxa in earlier reported lists. Now, the family Calliphoridae is represented by 9 subfamilies, 30 genera and 119 species from India.
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Two forms of Chrysomya megacephala were recognized earlier, the normal form (nf) and the synanthropic derived form (sdf). The synanthropic derived form differs from the normal form due to sharp demarcation between upper larger and lower smaller ommatidia. The normal form is confined to forests of South Pacific Islands (from Bismarck to Archipelago...
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Experiments in the month of September 2005 were performed to study nocturnal larviposition by the flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Two species namely Sarcophaga albiceps Meigen and Sarcophaga hirtipes Wiedemann were observed to deposit their larvae during night time as well. Therefore, possibility of night larviposition by flesh flies should a...
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Insect faunal succession on decaying rabbit carcasses was carried out at Punjabi University, Patiala (Punjab), India, from March 1997 to December 1999. Four stages of decomposition were recognized, i.e., fresh, bloated, decay, and dry. A total of 38 insect species belonging to four orders and 13 families were recorded. Diptera, Coleoptera, and Hyme...
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Calculating the age of immature stages of blow flies showing the longest period of association with a dead body often gives a fairly accurate estimate of the post-mortem interval (PMI). Determination of the exact time of oviposition by these flies had generally been made in the light of the conventional belief that blow flies are neither active nor...

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