Determination of Coleoptera fauna on carcasses in Ankara province, Turkey
Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Applied Biology Section, 06532 Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey
Received 24 April 2008; received in revised form 20 August 2008; accepted 29 September 2008. published online 19 November 2008.
- PubMed: 19019588
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.