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J Forensic Sci. 2013 Jul;58(4):1032-40. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12095. Epub 2013 Mar 28.

Diversity of forensic rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) associated with decaying pig carcass in a forest biotope.

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Department of functional and evolutionary Entomology, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Passage des Déportés 2, Gembloux, B-5030, Belgium.


Most forensic studies are focused on Diptera pattern colonization while neglecting Coleoptera succession. So far, little information is available on the postmortem colonization by beetles and the decomposition process they initiate under temperate biogeoclimatic countries. These beetles have, however, been referred to as being part of the entomofaunal colonization of a dead body. Forensic entomologists need increased databases detailing the distribution, ecology, and phenology of necrophagous insects, including staphylinids (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). While pig carcasses are commonly used in forensic entomology studies to surrogate human decomposition and to investigate the entomofaunal succession, very few works have been conducted in Europe on large carcasses. Our work reports the monitoring of the presence of adult rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) on decaying pig carcasses in a forest biotope during four seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter). A total of 23 genera comprising 60 species of rove beetles were collected from pig carcasses.


Beetle; Coleoptera; Staphylinidae; carrion ecology; forensic entomology; forensic science; temperate area

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