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Examining the sarcosaprophagous fauna in a natural mountain environment (Sierra Espuña, Murcia, Spain)
- Pérez-Marcos, Maria, Arnaldos-Sanabria, Maria Isabel, García, Maria Dolores, Presa, Juan Jose
- Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.) 2016 v.52 no.5 pp. 264-280
- Diptera, Sus scrofa, altitude, arthropods, fauna, piglets, Spain
- Summary The sarcosaprophagous community has been studied in a natural mountainous area at 400 m altitude, in Sierra Espuña (Murcia, SE Spain) during April and May 2007, using a modified Schoenly trap baited with a 5 kg piglet (Sus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758). In total, 13,527 specimens from 15 orders of arthropods were collected. A summary of the overall results is presented detailing the most relevant taxa. The relationship between colonizing fauna and the phase of decomposition of the carcass, which is a relevant aspect in determining the post mortem interval, has been also studied using PERMANOVA and SIMPER analysis. The importance of Diptera over other arthropods orders, and the fact that the entomosarcosaprophagous fauna configure a well-structured and progressively organized community, has been noted.