|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1996|
|Authors:||J. - P. Lumaret, Lobo J. M.|
|Keywords:||centres of endemism, COLEOPTERA, Dung beetles, endemic species distributions., Mediterranean region, Scarabaeoidea|
The distribution of endemic dung beetle species has been analysed in the West Palaearctic region (547spp.). These species are concentrated in the Mediterranean Basin or in the neighbouring regions, with two main centres of endemism located on opposite sides of thls Basin. The centres of endemism and the degree of endemicity were very different according to the three main dung beetle families. The possible explanation of these patterns has been examined.