Al-Mesbah, Hanadi, Moffatt, Colin, El-Azazy, Osama and Majeed, Qais
The decomposition of rabbit carcasses and associated necrophagous Diptera in Kuwait.
Forensic Science International, 217
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.09.021
Rabbit carcasses were used to compare rates of decomposition and associated assemblages of Diptera at four discernable habitat types in Kuwait; a country of a region with a paucity of such reference data. Carcasses in an urban habitat showed faster decomposition (as measured by percentage weight loss) than in agricultural, coastal or desert habitats, even with accumulated degree days (ADD) as the explanatory variable (t = 2.73, df = 34, p = 0.010) to compensate for temperature differences. Taxa of Diptera at the four habitats became more similar as decomposition progressed, suggesting such differences between habitats were not marked. The occurrence of Chrysomyia megacephala and Lucilia sericata had not previously been recorded in Kuwait.
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