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The use of the developmental rate of the aquatic midge Chironomus riparius (Diptera, Chironomidae) in the assessment of the postsubmersion interval

AutorGonzález Medina, Alejandro; Soriano, Óscar ; Jiménez Ríos, Gilberto
Fecha de publicación22-ene-2015
EditorJohn Wiley & Sons
CitaciónJournal of Forensic Sciences 60(3): 822-826 (2015)
ResumenNonbiting midges (Diptera, Chironomidae) are the most abundant members of the fauna associated with submerged carcasses, but their use in the medicolegal context is very restricted because of their complex ontogeny. In this case, the corpse of a woman was recovered in late spring from a river in Granada (Iberian Peninsula). It showed obvious signs of long permanence in the aquatic environment and, along with pulmonary and microscopical analyses, led to the conclusion that the cause of death was drowning. Several larvae-like specimens were sampled from the scalp and later identified by morphological external features as IV instar larvae of Chironomus riparius Meigen, 1804 (Diptera, Chironomidae). Sequencing of cytochrome oxidase subunit I was performed to confirm the identification. The knowledge of the biology of C. riparius at low temperatures was critical to assess a postsubmersion interval of 16-17 days.
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12707
issn: 0022-1198
e-issn: 1556-4029
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