Human influence on the dung fauna in Afrotropical grasslands (Insecta: Coleoptera)

Publication Type:Conference Paper
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:F. - T. Krell, Mahiva, V. S., Kouakou, C., N'goran, P., Krell-Westerwalbesloh, S., Newman, D. H., Weib, I., Doumbia, M.
Conference Name:Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tropical Biology
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Conference Location:Museum Koenig, Bonn, Germany
Keywords:Disturbance, dung beetle, East Africa, land use, savanna, West Africa

Dung beetles are the main dung recyclers in most Afrotropical environments. We compare dung beetle abundance in herbivore dung in West and East African grasslands that are subject to various anthropogenic disturbances. Dung beetles are similarly abundant in grasslands with indigenous wild herbivores and with extensive cattle farming. However, if herbivore dung is regularly removed (i.e. collected by local people for domestic and agricultural use) or not present locally at all, the abundance of dung beetles decreases. The lowest numbers were found in an urban settlement.

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