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Keywords:

  • arthropods;
  • biodiversity;
  • conservation;
  • habitat disturbance;
  • Peninsular Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Little is known about how arboreal arthropods respond to forest disturbance. We assessed how rain forest fragmentation affected the vertical stratification of arboreal dung beetles in Peninsular Malaysia. An arboreal dung beetle species (Onthophagus sp.) moved closer to the forest floor in smaller fragments, suggesting a downward shift in its foraging possibly in response to fragmentation.