Ants are arthropods that may inflict post-mortem skin damages on human corpses, often interfering with forensic investigations. A histochemical and immunohistochemical study was performed on skin samples of a human corpse found in an open suburban area in Southern Italy, showing extensive attack by Tapinoma nigerrimum Nylander, 1856 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The histological findings were compared to the available literature data about post-mortem skin damages caused by arthropods, also conducting an extensive survey of forensic literature on the subject.

Histochemical and immunohistochemical investigations on postmortem injuries caused by ants and literature review

Scapoli C.;Bonacci T.
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2020-01-01

Abstract

Ants are arthropods that may inflict post-mortem skin damages on human corpses, often interfering with forensic investigations. A histochemical and immunohistochemical study was performed on skin samples of a human corpse found in an open suburban area in Southern Italy, showing extensive attack by Tapinoma nigerrimum Nylander, 1856 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The histological findings were compared to the available literature data about post-mortem skin damages caused by arthropods, also conducting an extensive survey of forensic literature on the subject.
ants, histological investigation, post-mortem damages, skin, superficial lesions
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