Body-Size, Abundance, and Geographical-Distribution of Afrotropical Dung Beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1994
Authors:Y. Cambefort
Journal:Acta Oecologica
Accession Number:ISI:A1994PJ66600005
Keywords:abundance, afrotropical region, beetles, biomass, communities, Dung, dynamics, energy use, energy-use, geographical distribution, natural animal assemblages, patterns, population-density, size

Local and regional abundances of Afrotropical dung beetle species, as well as their regional and continental distributions, have been found to depend on their average individual fresh weight. At the local and regional scales, small-bodied species are numerically more abundant than their larger relatives, but large-bodied species have a larger total biomass and control a larger proportion of available resources. At the regional scale, large dung beetle species occur in fewer localities than small ones, but, at the continental scale, geographical distribution is wider.

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Alternate Journal:Acta Oecol.-Int. J. Ecol.
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