Feugang Youmessi Francis Dupont, Bilong Bilong Charles Félix, Cherix Daniel, Djiéto-Lordon Champlain
Department of Animal Biology and Physiology, University of Yaounde I, P.oBox: 812 Yaounde, Cameroon
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, P.O. Box. 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Key words: Necroentomofauna, arthropods, Rattus norvegicus, chronological succession, functional categories, forensic, Cameroon, Central Africa.
The first investigation of arthropods associated with carrion in Cameroon was carried out within the campus of the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon) from 17thJanuary to 3rd April 2008. Carcasses of rats (Rattus norvegicus Berkenhout, 1769 var WISTAR) were exposed to colonization by the local fauna of arthropods.
The invading organisms were collected daily during the study period. 2287 individuals of arthropod belonging to 3 classes, 16 orders, 37 families and 7 subfamilies were identified. The insects assessed were mainly Diptera, Coleoptera and Acari. This study illustrates the high diversity of the necroentomofauna in Cameroon and provides an insight approximation into the succession pattern of invading insect and a weekly estimation of the time of death.
Get the original articles in Source: Volume 2, Number 1, January, 2012 – IJB
Published By: International Journal of Biosciences (IJB)