Volume 38, Issue 4 (July 1993)

    Observations of Differential Decomposition on Sun Exposed v. Shaded Pig Carrion in Coastal Washington State

    (Received 8 May 1992; accepted 10 December 1992)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The decomposition of two pig carcasses in close proximity to each other, one exposed and the other shaded, in a continuous woodland were observed and different rates of decay were recorded. The exposed pig decomposed much faster than the shaded pig, reaching a stable minimal weight two weeks before the shaded carcass. Bloat size, body weight, occurrence of blow fly larvae, and ambient air temperatures are compared. Maggot development appeared to be a major factor in the overall rate of decomposition and was affected primarily by different temperature patterns at the two sites.


    Author Information:

    Shean, BS
    Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

    Messinger, L
    Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

    Papworth, M
    Professor, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA


    Stock #: JFS13492J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13492J

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    Title Observations of Differential Decomposition on Sun Exposed v. Shaded Pig Carrion in Coastal Washington State
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