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20 June 2012 The Importance of Frugivory to the Survival of the Dung Beetle Onthophagus rhinolophus Harold (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Under Changing Ecological Conditions
Rosario Sarges, Gonzalo Halffter, Alfonso Díaz Rojas
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This paper shows that for Onthophagus rhinolophus Harold inhabiting shade coffee plantations in central Veracruz, Mexico, frugivory is an alternative feeding strategy that is as important as coprophagy to adult feeding, nesting, and larval development. In this habitat, as is common in the humid tropical forests of the Neotropics where the droppings of medium-sized and large mammals are relatively scarce, the existence of frugivorous or copro-frugivorous species is one of the most important factors allowing for high Scarabaeinae species richness.

Rosario Sarges, Gonzalo Halffter, and Alfonso Díaz Rojas "The Importance of Frugivory to the Survival of the Dung Beetle Onthophagus rhinolophus Harold (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Under Changing Ecological Conditions," The Coleopterists Bulletin 66(2), 166-168, (20 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1649/072.066.0216
Received: 10 November 2011; Accepted: 16 April 2012; Published: 20 June 2012
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behavior
coffee plantation
ecology
Neotropics
scarab beetle
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