2. The Evolutionary History and Diversification of Dung Beetles

  1. Leigh W. Simmons2 and
  2. T. James Ridsdill-Smith3
  1. T. Keith Philips

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342000.ch2

Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles

Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles

How to Cite

Philips, T. K. (2011) The Evolutionary History and Diversification of Dung Beetles, in Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles (eds L. W. Simmons and T. J. Ridsdill-Smith), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342000.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009, Crawley, Western Australia

  2. 3

    School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley 6009, Crawley, Western Australia

Author Information

  1. Systematics and Evolution Laboratory, Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333152

Online ISBN: 9781444342000

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Keywords:

  • Coptodactyla;
  • Dermarziella;
  • Holocephalus;
  • Prionocephale deplanate;
  • Heteronitis castelnaui;
  • Byrrhidium, Dicranocara and Namakwanus;
  • dung manipulation strategies;
  • nesting behaviour and subsocial care

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Scarabaeinae diversity and tribal classification issues

  • Scarabaeine dung beetle phylogenies

  • The sister clade to the Scarabaeinae

  • The origin of the dung beetles

  • The oldest lineages and their geographical origin

  • Evolution of activity period

  • Evolution of feeding habits

  • Evolution of derived alternative lifestyles

  • Evolution of nidification: dung manipulation strategies

  • Evolution of nidification: nesting behaviour and subsocial care

  • Conclusions

  • Future work/gaps in knowledge