Presented at the 8th Meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology, September 8–11, 2010, in Murcia, Spain.
Estimating the Preappearance Interval from Temperature in Creophilus maxillosus L. (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 136–145, January 2012
How to Cite
Matuszewski, S. (2012), Estimating the Preappearance Interval from Temperature in Creophilus maxillosus L. (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Journal of Forensic Sciences, 57: 136–145. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01958.x
Funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant IP2010025170 in the “Iuventus Plus” program).
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Received 9 Oct. 2010; and in revised form 15 Dec. 2010; accepted 18 Dec. 2010.
- forensic science;
- forensic entomology;
- postmortem interval;
- Creophilus maxillosus;
Abstract: Some carrion insects appear on carcasses late in decomposition. While using these late-arriving taxa to estimate postmortem interval, it is vital to accurately estimate an interval preceding their appearance on a cadaver called the preappearance interval (PAI). This paper tests the possibilities of a PAI estimation from temperature in case of late-arriving, predatory carrion beetle Creophilus maxillosus. The relationship between temperature and PAI of adult and larval C. maxillosus was modeled using the results of a large-scale experiment on succession in forests of Central Europe. In both stages, PAI was found to be strongly, inversely related to temperature averaged for the duration of PAI. The PAI estimation from mean degree-day accumulations (mDDA), estimated DDA, and “PAI*T” functions were tested using external successional data. The greatest accuracy of PAI estimates was achieved using an exponential “PAI*T” function.