Chapter 5. Insect Biodiversity in the Afrotropical Region

  1. Robert G. Foottit3 and
  2. Peter H. Adler4
  1. Clarke H. Scholtz1 and
  2. Mervyn W. Mansell1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch5

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Scholtz, C. H. and Mansell, M. W. (2009) Insect Biodiversity in the Afrotropical Region, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa

  2. 2

    ARC – Plant Protection Research Institute, Biosystematics Division, Private Bag X134, Pretoria 0001, South Africa

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211



  • insect biodiversity in Afrotropical region;
  • Afrotropical insects;
  • information-management program - Africa's insect biodiversity in documenting new data;
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC) - leading institution in Africa, progressing in databasing of invertebrate collections;
  • role of insects in ecosystem processes - indicators of environmental quality;
  • dung beetles as indicators of regional biodiversity;
  • Africa-wide pests and training appropriate taxonomists;
  • invasive species of concern in Africa;
  • African indigenous fruit flies of economic importance;
  • sentinel groups - Afrotropical Region, second most species-rich zoogeographical region in the world


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What do we know about Afrotropical Insects?

  • An Information-Management Program

  • The Role of Insects in Ecosystem Processes and as Indicators of Environmental Quality - Dung Beetles as a Case Study

  • Africa-Wide Pests and Training Appropriate Taxonomists - Fruit Flies as a Case Study

  • Sentinel Groups

  • Conclusions

  • References