Short-term temporal variability in the abundance of tropical dung beetles
Version of Record online: 4 MAR 2008
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Insect Conservation and Diversity
Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 120–124, May 2008
How to Cite
ANDRESEN, E. (2008), Short-term temporal variability in the abundance of tropical dung beetles. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 1: 120–124. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2008.00013.x
- Issue online: 4 MAR 2008
- Version of Record online: 4 MAR 2008
- Accepted 10 January 2008First published online 4 March 2008
- dung beetles;
- temporal variability;
- tropical dry forest
- 1Dung beetles are increasingly being used as a focal taxon in biodiversity and conservation studies. One of the alleged advantages of these insects is that sampling conducted in a few days can yield accurate data.
- 2Dung beetles were collected twice, within a week, in a tropical dry forest in Mexico. The abundance of one species, Onthophagus landolti, increased 16 times in one of the habitats, over a period of a few days. Consequently, conclusions regarding differences between both habitats differed greatly depending on which sampling period was considered.
- 3Short-term temporal variability in the abundance of dung beetles, particularly if spatially asymmetric, must carefully be considered when designing sampling protocols for this group of insects in dry tropical forests.