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Regional Fragmentation of Rain Forest in West Africa and Its Effect on Local Dung Beetle Assemblage Structure

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  • Adrian L. V. Davis,

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    1. Scarab Research Unit, Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 0002 South Africa
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  • T. Keith Philips

    1. Systematics and Evolution Laboratory, Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-3576, U.S.A.
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Corresponding author; e-mail: adavis@zoology.up.ac.za

ABSTRACT

Data from Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, for local dung beetle assemblages of rain forest, plantations, and savanna, suggest that a subset of the savanna fauna has expanded its range across the Eastern Guinean Forest ecoregion, presumably in response to its conversion from continuous rain forest into an archipelago of forest fragments within a disturbance matrix of less shady plantation and farmland vegetation that more resembles moist savanna.

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