Biological and taxonomic notes on a rare phanaeine dung beetle, Phanaeus alvarengai Arnaud (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2003
Authors:K. Vulinec, Edmonds, W. D., Mellow, D. J.
Journal:The Coleopterists Bulletin
Date Published:Sep
Accession Number:ISI:000185408300016
Keywords:Amazonia, monkeys, rain-forest, seed dispersal

The rare phanaeine dung beetle Phanaeus alvarengai Arnaud 1984 was described from two specimens. Several recent collections of this species are reported here, along with behavioral observations; this new material is a basis for amending earlier descriptions of P. alvarengai. Flight-activity period was recorded as near sunrise for no more than 10 minutes and diet preference appeared to be herbivore dung. Dung-burial behavior was similar to the congeners P. chalcomelas (Perty) and P. cambeforti Arnaud.

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Alternate Journal:Coleopt. Bull.
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