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28 December 2018 Seasonality of Coprophagous Beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae, Geotrupidae, Scarabaeidae) Inhabiting Moose (Alces Alces Linnaeus) Dung in Kampinoski Park Narodowy, Poland
Radosław Mroczyński, Dawid Marczak
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to research species composition, seasonality, and biomass of coprophagous beetles inhabiting moose dung in Kampinoski Park Narodowy, Poland. Field studies were performed from the beginning of March until the end of September 2016. Altogether, 19,234 specimens of coprophagous beetles representing 33 species were collected. Two evident peaks in numbers and biomass were observed during the study season, along with changes in dominance of species in consecutive months. Overall, the most abundant species were Acrossus rufipes (Linnaeus) (37%), Acrossus depressus (Kugelann) (21%), and Anoplotrupes stercorosus (Scriba) (13%). Seasonality of the most numerous species did not differ significantly from that noted by other authors from Central Europe. The collected species were divided into four groups according to the number and time of population peaks during the season. Most of the species are univoltine. only one species may be considered as bivoltine.

Radosław Mroczyński and Dawid Marczak "Seasonality of Coprophagous Beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae, Geotrupidae, Scarabaeidae) Inhabiting Moose (Alces Alces Linnaeus) Dung in Kampinoski Park Narodowy, Poland," The Coleopterists Bulletin 72(4), 816-824, (28 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-72.4.816
Received: 8 January 2018; Accepted: 21 October 2018; Published: 28 December 2018
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community structure
dung beetles
dung ecology
Hydrophiloidea
Scarabaeoidea
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