Determination of Coleoptera fauna on carcasses in Ankara province, Turkey

Oezdemir S., Sert O.

FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol.183, pp.24-32, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 183
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2008.09.018
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.24-32
  • Keywords: Forensic entomology, Coleoptera, Carcass, Decomposition, Succession, Turkey, CARRION, SUCCESSION
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


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. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.