Volume 34, Issue 3 (May 1989)

    Identification of a Red “Fiber”: Chironomid Larvae

    (Received 27 May 1988; accepted 29 July 1988)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

      Format Pages Price  
    PDF 5 $25   ADD TO CART


    Abstract

    During preliminary examination of the body of a homicide victim, a peculiar red “fiber” was noticed and recovered. Initially believing this to be a carpet fiber, the item was subjected to fiber analysis. It was found to be a short coiled particle not like any known natural or synthetic fabric fiber. Subsequent examinations determined this “fiber” to be the larva of a common freshwater midge (Diptera; Chironomidae).

    Chironomid larvae have been observed on other bodies recovered from freshwater environments. Entomological studies of this organism have led to the conclusion that the presence of chironomid larvae indicates submersion of the body.


    Author Information:

    Hawley, DA
    Assistant professor and professor and director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    McShaffrey, DG
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Pless, JE
    Assistant professor and professor and director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Haskell, NH
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Williams, RE
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


    Stock #: JFS12681J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12681J

    ASTM International
    is a member of CrossRef.

    Author
    Title Identification of a Red “Fiber”: Chironomid Larvae
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30