Diplopod defensive secretions as attractants for necrophagous scarab beetles (Diplopoda; Insecta, Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:F. T. Krell, Schmitt, T., Linsenmair, K. E.
Journal:Entomologica Scandinavica
Accession Number:ISI:000071897600036
Keywords:attractant, COLEOPTERA, defensive secretions, Diplopoda, millipede, necrocenosis, quinones, savanna, Scarabaeidae, tropical Africa

The necrophagous dung beetle Onthophagus latigibber d'Orbigny, 1902 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) was attracted in large numbers to diplopod carcasses. The attractiveness of diplopod (Spirobolida) defensive secretions to three Onthophagus species was demonstrated in field experiments. Since these beetles are attracted by a repellent, they have the advantage of being the first and exclusive users of freshly dead diplopods.

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