Phoretic Mites and Carcasses: Acari Transported by Organisms Associated with Animal and Human Decomposition

  • M. Alejandra Perotti
  • Henk R. Braig
  • M. Lee Goff


Ephemeral and fluctuant, the fauna associated with a corpse provides a rich diversity of species. Several groups of arthropods are known to visit a carcass of a vertebrate at its various stages of decay; however, forensic investigations have so far been primarily limited to insects, focussing mainly on flies (Diptera) and beetles (Coleoptera) as often the largest and most persistent representatives. These insects might fly, walk or occasionally swim to reach the corpse and sooner or later abandon it in a similar way. Most will build transitional food webs that will lead to a faunal succession of species that will reflect the degree of decay under given environmental conditions.


Mite Species Dung Beetle Musca Domestica Phoretic Mite Large Carcass 
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MAP and HRB wish to thank the Leverhulme Trust for support of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Alejandra Perotti
    • 1
  • Henk R. Braig
    • 2
  • M. Lee Goff
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesBangor UniversityNorth WalesUK
  3. 3.Forensic Sciences ProgramChaminade UniversityHawaiiUSA

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