Organization of dung beetle communities (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in areas of vegetation re-establishment in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2006
Authors:P. P. Lopes, Louzada, J. N. C., Vaz-de-Mello, F. Z.
Journal:Sitientibus Serie Ciencias Biologicas
Date Published:oct/dec
Keywords:brazil, Caatinga, community structure of Scarabaeidae, habitat restoration

The present work refers to the study of colonization of four vegetation physiogno- mies considered as succession stages by Scarabaeidae beetles in Feira de Santana, Brazil. The four environments present structures of 1) herbs, 2) herbs and bushes, 3) bushes, and 4) bushes and trees. The last one has similar vegetation elements to the original vegetation of the area (Caatinga, in transition with deciduous forest). Beetles’ richness was not statistically different in the three structurally simpler habitats, the composition, as well as the abundance structure of the communities of the four sites were very similar. Guild structure changed in number and proportion of specimens, with an increase in the number of tunnelers as the vegetation grew in complexity. The positive/negatives effects on the composition and beetles’s community structure were related to the interference with the dissemination of odor plumes or maintenance of sources of resources (vertebrates). The organization of the functional structure in the beetles’ community should be related to the time needed for the establishment of complex ecological connections.

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