Distribution patterns of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in relict patches of the high Andean forest, Cordillera Oriental of Colombia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:G. Amat-Garcia, Toro, A. Lopera, Melo, S. Jimena Ame
Keywords:Animalia-, Arthropoda-, Biogeography- (Population-Studies), Canthid, Chondrichthyes-: Pisces-, Chordata-, Coleoptera-: Insecta-, dung-beetles (Coleoptera-), Ecology- (Environmental-Sciences), Invertebrata-, Systematics-and-Taxonomy, Vertebrata-

This study documents the diversity and distribution patterns of dung beetles in three relictual patches of montane forest located near the Sabana de Bogota. 2486 individuals of 11 species in 6 genera were collected. The most abundant specie was Ontherus brevicollis, collected in two patches, followed by Dichotomius achemas collected in all three patches and Uroxys sp present only in one. Chicaque has the highest species richness with 10 species. We found a clear pattern related to habitat preferences, summarized in 3 groups: pasture beetles, edges and forest interior beetles.

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