| More

A catalogue of Coleoptera specimens with potential forensic interest in the Goulandris Natural History Museum collection

Views: 984 Downloads: 443
Maria Dimaki, Maria Anagnou-Veroniki, Jason Tylianakis
Maria Dimaki, Maria Anagnou-Veroniki, Jason Tylianakis


This paper presents a catalogue of the Coleoptera specimens in the Goulandris Natural History Museum collection that have potential forensic interest. Forensic entomology can help to estimate the time elapsed since death by studying the necrophagous insects collected on a cadaver and its surroundings. In this paper forty eight species (369 specimens) are listed that belong to seven families: Silphidae (3 species), Staphylinidae (6 species), Histeridae (11 species), Anobiidae (4 species), Cleridae (6 species), Dermestidae (14 species), and Nitidulidae (4 species). The aim of this paper is to present this collection and its importance for studying forensic entomology.


forensic entomology; Goulandris Museum; necrophagous; Silphidae; Staphylinidae

Full Text:



Açikgöz, H.N. 2016. Malpractices concerning collection of forensic entomological evidence and importance of standardization in Turkey. Forensic Res. Criminol. Int. J. 2 (7): 00080. Doi: 10.15406/frcij.2016.02.00080

Aggarwal, A.D. 2005. Estimating the postmortem interval with the help of entomological evidence (thesis submitted to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, 2005 for MD in Forensic Medicine). Anil Aggrawal's Internet J. Forensic Med. Toxicol. 6 (2).

Catts, E.P. and M.L. Goff. 1992. Forensic entomology in criminal investigations. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 37: 252-272.

Chatzimanolis, S., D.A. Grimaldi, M.S. Engel and N.C. Fraser. 2012. Leehemania prorova, the earliest Staphyliniform beetle, from the late Triassic of Virginia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Am. Mus. Novit. 3761: 1-28.

Chinery, M. 1986. Collins guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe. Wm Colins Sons and Co. Ltd. 320 pp.

Çoban, E. and A. Beyarslan. 2013. Identification of dipteran species of forensic entomology importance in summer season in Edirne. Bitlis Eren Univ. J. Sci. Technol. 3: 18-21.

Dekeirsschieter, J., C. Frederick, F.J. Verheggen, D. Drugmand and E. Haubruge. 2013. Diversity of forensic rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylini-dae) associated with decaying pig carcass in a forest biotope. J. Forensic Sci. 58: 1032-1040, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23550535, Doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12095.

Dimaki, M. and J. Tylianakis. 2006. A catalogue of the G.P. Moazzo collection in the Goulandris Natural History Museum. Part I. Ann. Mus. Goulandris 11: 281-287.

Goff, M.L. 1993. Estimation of postmortem interval using arthropod development and successional patterns. Forensic Sci. Rev. 5: 82-94.

Goulandris, N. 1977. Georgi P. Moazzo (1893-1975), Greek conchologist. Ann. Mus. Goulandris 3: 105-122.

Harde, K.W. 2000. A Field Guide in Colour to Beetles. Ed. P.M. Hammond. 334 pp.

Introna, F.Jr, C.P. Campobasso and A. Di Fazio. 1998. Three case studies in forensic entomology from southern Italy. J. Forensic Sci. 43: 210-214.

Jacobs, S. 2006. Spider beetles. Entomological Notes. Pennsylvania State University.

Jaques, H.E. 1973. How to Know the Beetles. Wm. C. Broen Company Publishers. 372 pp.

Kanaki, K., J. Stiakakis and E. Michalodimitrakis 2003. Forensic Ento-mology in Greece. Proceedings of the Third European Academy of Forensic Science Meeting, September 22-27, 2003, Istanbul, Turkey. Forensic Sci. Int. 136 (Supplement 1): 388.

Kulshrestha, P. and D.K. Satpathy. 2001. Use of beetles in forensic entomology. Forensic Sci. Int. 120: 15-17.

Lefebvre, F. and E. Gaudry. 2009. Forensic entomology: a new hypothesis for the chronological succession pattern of necrophagous insect on human corpses. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (n.s.) 45: 377-392.

Oliva, A. 2001. Insects of forensic significance in Argentina. Forensic Sci. Int. 120: 145-154.

Ozdemir, S. and S. Osman. 2009. Determination of Coleoptera fauna on carcasses in Ankara provence, Turkey. Forensic Sci. Int. 183: 24-32.

Ratcliffe, B.C. 1972. The natural history of Necrodes surinamensis (Fabr.) (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 98: 359-410.

Sawaby, R.F., H.El. Hamouly and R.H. Abo-El Ela. 2016. Taxonomic study of the main families of Egyptian Coleoptera with forensic importance. Life Sci. J. 13: 39-53.

Schawaller, W. 1996. Revision der Gattung Aclypea Reitter (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. (A) 541: 1-16. [in German, with English abstract].

Souza, A. and A. Linhares. 2008. Diptera and Coleoptera of potential forensic importance in southeastern Brazil: relative abundance and seasonality. Med. Vet. Entomol. 11: 8-12.

Tylianakis, J. and M. Dimaki. 2006. A catalogue of the G.P. Moazzo collection in the Goulandris Natural History Museum. Part II. Ann. Mus. Goulandris 11: 289-296.

Watson, E.J. and C.E. Carlton. 2005. Succession of forensically significant carrion beetle larvae on large carcasses (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Southeast. Nat. 4: 335-346.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Maria Dimaki, Maria Anagnou-Veroniki, Jason Tylianakis