International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 118, Issue 4, pp 197–205 | Cite as

Studies on seasonal arthropod succession on carrion in the southeastern Iberian Peninsula

  • M. I. Arnaldos
  • E. Romera
  • J. J. Presa
  • A. Luna
  • M. D. GarcíaEmail author
Original Article


A global study of the sarcosaprophagous community that occurs in the southeastern Iberian Peninsula during all four seasons is made for the first time, and its diversity is described with reference to biological indices. A total of 18,179 adults and, additionally, a number of preimaginal states were collected. The results for the main arthropod groups, and their diversity are discussed in relation to the season and decompositional stages. The results provide an extensive inventory of carrion-associated arthropods. An association between decomposition stages and more representative arthropod groups is established. With respect to the biological indices applied, Margalef’s index shows that the diversity of the community increases as the state of decomposition advances, while Sorenson’s quantitative index shows that the greatest similarities are between spring and summer on the one hand, and fall and winter, on the other.


Forensic entomology Arthropod succession Sarcosaprophagous fauna Iberian Peninsula Postmortem interval 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. I. Arnaldos
    • 1
  • E. Romera
    • 1
  • J. J. Presa
    • 1
  • A. Luna
    • 2
  • M. D. García
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Zoology Faculty of BiologyUniversity of Murcia MurciaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain

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