Diagnosis of Electrical Skin Injuries: PDF OnlyEffect of Carcass Size on Rate of Decomposition and Arthropod Succession PatternsHewadikaram, Kamani A. M.S.; Goff, M. Lee Ph.D.Author Information Form the Department of Entomology, University of Hawaii at Monoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, Journal series no. 3582 The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: September 1991 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 235-240 Buy Abstract Decomposition studies were conducted using two carcasses of domestic pigs, Sus scrofa L., 8.4 kg and 15.1 kg in weight, to determine the effects of carcass size on the rate of decomposition, composition of the arthropod fauna, and succession patterns. A total of 46 arthropod taxa were recovered during this study. No size-related differences were observed between carcasses with respect to composition of the arthropod fauna or patterns of succession. A greater number of arthropods were observed attracted to the 15.1-kg carcass, and the rate of decomposition observed was more rapid for the 15.1-kg carcass than for the 8.4-kg carcass. Internal temperatures of the 8.4-kg carcass were more directly related to external ambient temperatures during the fresh and bloated stages of decomposition. During the decay stage, both carcasses generated internal temperatures significantly above ambient temperatures. Following this stage, internal temperatures fell to approximate ambient temperatures during the postdecay and remains stages. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.