Post-mortem human cadaver scavenging by marine crustaceans (Isopoda: Cirolanidae) in tropical waters


Animal feeding, both ante- and post-mortem, in freshwater and marine environments, has become topical recently. This report documents post-mortem scavenging by two identified species of marine crustaceans (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cirolanidae) on a human cadaver from the vicinity of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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We would like to acknowledge Andy Taylor (Australian Bureau of Meteorology) for providing the records of seawater temperature for the relevant period.


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Tiemensma, M., Bruce, N.L. & Willan, R.C. Post-mortem human cadaver scavenging by marine crustaceans (Isopoda: Cirolanidae) in tropical waters. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 13, 515–517 (2017).

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  • Forensic pathology
  • Post-mortem animal predation
  • Marine tropical waters