Determination of Coleoptera fauna on carcasses in Ankara province, Turkey

Forensic Sci Int. 2009 Jan 10;183(1-3):24-32. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2008.09.018. Epub 2008 Nov 18.


In this study, 40 species from Staphylinidae, Histeridae, Dermestidae, Silphidae, Nitidulidae and Cleridae families of Coleoptera which were found in 12 pig (Sus scrofa L.) carcasses were identified and recorded during a one-year period at the Hacettepe University Beytepe Campus located in Ankara, Turkey. According to the duration of their presence on the carcasses, 22 of these species were accepted to be important in decomposition. Their distribution over the months and the duration of their presence in the various decomposition stages over the seasons were determined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coleoptera*
  • Entomology
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Postmortem Changes*
  • Seasons
  • Sus scrofa
  • Temperature
  • Turkey