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1 October 2004 Impact of the Activity of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Inhabiting Pasture Land in Durango, Mexico
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In this study, I analyzed the diversity of the dung beetle community (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in relation to its bovine dung-removal efficiency in a cattle ranch with a load of 250 animals currently under holistic resource management. A total of 3,430 individuals of 8 Scarabaeinae species was collected, of which 5 species are abundant in the area: Euoniticellus intermedius (Reiche), Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius), Onthophagus mexicanus Bates, O. knulli Howden and Cartwright, and Canthon humectus (Say). Of these 5 species, E. intermedius, D. gazella, and C. humectus were dominant in terms of abundance and biomass. Cattle dung pats were exploited mostly within the first 48 h after deposition. The activity and abundance of dung beetles recorded in the study were insufficient to remove the amount of fresh dung deposited in cattle pastureland.

Sofía Anduaga "Impact of the Activity of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Inhabiting Pasture Land in Durango, Mexico," Environmental Entomology 33(5), 1306-1312, (1 October 2004). https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X-33.5.1306
Received: 22 December 2003; Accepted: 1 July 2004; Published: 1 October 2004
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