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Effect of Temperature on the Survival and Development of Three Forensically Relevant Dermestes Species (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)

Published on Sep 1, 2017in Journal of Medical Entomology1.907
· DOI :10.1093/jme/tjx110
Daniel Martín-Vega13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Alcalá),
Luisa M. Díaz-Aranda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Alcalá)
+ 1 AuthorsBlanca Cifrián8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Alcalá)
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This article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology, published by Oxford University Press. The attached document is the author’s final accepted version of the journal article. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from it.
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