Arthropods Associated with Carrion in a Salt Marsh Habitat in Southeastern Florida

Stephanie L. Richards, C. Roxanne Connelly, Jonathan F. Day, Timothy Hope, Ricardo Ortiz

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Few studies have assessed arthropods associated with carrion in salt marsh environments. Arthropods attracted to animal carcasses in a salt marsh environment were surveyed in southeastern Florida during four seasons from September 2009 to July 2010. A total of 2,324 arthropod specimens were collected from carcasses (coyote, opossum, raccoon, bobcat, and otter) and 4 orders, 23 families, 28 genera, and 24 species were identified. Specimens were most frequently encountered from the order Diptera (85% of total), and Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and Musca domestica (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) represented 50% of specimens collected. We observed seasonal variation in abundance of dipterans. The information presented here may be useful for future studies identifying arthropods having wildlife forensic entomology significance within subtropical Florida salt marsh habitats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-619
Number of pages7
JournalFlorida Entomologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Calliphoridae
  • Chrysomya rufifacies
  • Diptera
  • Phormia regina
  • decomposition
  • entomology


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