Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval

N. H. Haskell, D. G. McShaffrey, D. A. Hawley, R. E. Williams, J. E. Pless

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Abstract

Although its potential is great, the use of aquatic insects in determining submersion intervals at death-scene investigations has not been exploited in the past. Aquatic environments have no known true specific indicator species, as do terrestrial habitats. However, aquatic environmental studies show that organisms may colonize a substrate dependent on factors such as size, position, exposure to current, water temperature, current speed, water depth, the presence of algal communities, or detritus. Certain aquatic insects such as the chironomid midges (Diptera, Chironomidae), and the caddisflies (Trichoptera), are capable of colonizing immersed bodies; and with the known biology of a specific species of insect for a certain geographic area, time intervals of submersion can be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-632
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume34
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Immersion
Insects
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Chironomidae
habitat
biology
Water
death
Diptera
Ecosystem
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Temperature
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Haskell, N. H., McShaffrey, D. G., Hawley, D. A., Williams, R. E., & Pless, J. E. (1989). Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 34(3), 622-632.

Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval. / Haskell, N. H.; McShaffrey, D. G.; Hawley, D. A.; Williams, R. E.; Pless, J. E.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 3, 1989, p. 622-632.

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Haskell, NH, McShaffrey, DG, Hawley, DA, Williams, RE & Pless, JE 1989, 'Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval', Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 622-632.
Haskell NH, McShaffrey DG, Hawley DA, Williams RE, Pless JE. Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1989;34(3):622-632.
Haskell, N. H. ; McShaffrey, D. G. ; Hawley, D. A. ; Williams, R. E. ; Pless, J. E. / Use of aquatic insects in determining submersion interval. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1989 ; Vol. 34, No. 3. pp. 622-632.
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