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Forensic entomology in criminal investigations.
This review focuses on medicolegal forensic entomology, which deals with arthropod involvement in events surrounding felonies, usually violent crimes such as murder, suicide, and rape, but also includes other violations such as physical abuse and contraband trafficking. Expand
Avian malaria probably did not reach epizootic proportions on Hawaii until after 1920, but since that time it has had a negative impact on the population dynamics of the native forest birds and is today a major limiting factor, restricting both abundance and distribution of these species on the island. Expand
Arthropod succession patterns in exposed carrion on the island of O'ahu, Hawaiian Islands, USA.
Differences in species composition at each of the 2 sites and in microhabitats resulted in differences in the duration of stages of decomposition between sites, resulting in variations in arthropod succession patterns in exposed carrion. Expand
Arthropod succession patterns onto burnt carrion in two contrasting habitats in the Hawaiian Islands.
Differences in the stages of decomposition between carcasses of domestic pigs burned and unburned could alter a postmortem interval estimate based on arthropod succession patterns by up to 24 hours and 4 days, respectively. Expand
Effect of carcass size on rate of decomposition and arthropod succession patterns.
No size-related differences were observed between carcasses with respect to composition of the arthropod fauna or patterns of succession, and the rate of decomposition observed was more rapid for the 15.1- kg carcass than for the 8.4-kg carcass. Expand
Comparison of insect species associated with decomposing remains recovered inside dwellings and outdoors on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  • M. L. Goff
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of forensic sciences
  • 1 May 1991
A comparison of insects collected from 35 cases of decomposing remains on the island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands yielded a total of 22 species of insects in 3 orders and 12 families, of which five species were recovered in both indoor and outdoor situations. Expand
Effects of larval population density on rates of development and interactions between two species of Chrysomya (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in laboratory culture.
Rearing of Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomiya rufifacies in pure cultures at seven different population densities demonstrated an inverse relationship between density and the duration of the larval stage. Expand
Estimation of Postmortem Interval Using Arthropod Development and Successional Patterns.
Five stages of decomposition (fresh, bloated, decay, post-decay, and skeletal) are suggested as reference points in the decomposition process and factors that may delay invasion of the remains by arthropods or alter developmental patterns, such as wrapping of the body, climate, or presence of drugs and toxins in the remains are discussed. Expand
Early post-mortem changes and stages of decomposition in exposed cadavers
  • M. L. Goff
  • Biology
  • Experimental and Applied Acarology
  • 25 June 2009
Although the process of decomposition is continuous, it is useful to divide this into a series of five stages: Fresh, Bloated, Decay, Postdecay and Skeletal to provide a framework for consideration of the decomposition process and acarine relationships to the body. Expand
Early Postmortem Changes and Stages of Decomposition
When faced with the task of estimating a period of time since death, there are generally two known points existing for the worker: the time at which the body was discovered and the last time theExpand