Who steals the eggs? Coprophanaeus telamon (Erichson) buries decomposing eggs in western Amazonian rain forest (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2004
Authors:A. Pfrommer, Krell F. T.
Journal:The Coleopterists Bulletin
Date Published:Mar
Accession Number:ISI:000220808700003

The necrophagous dung beetle Coprophanaeus telamon (Erichson 1847) buried decomposing hen eggs in the rain forest of Ecuador. We suppose that the volatiles 2-butanone, cresol, indole, skatole, and butyric acid are responsible for attracting Coprophanaeus because these components of dung odour attract dung beetles and are also present in rotten eggs. A number of them are also produced by bacterial spoilage of raw meat. Abandoned clutches, infertile eggs or eggs with dead embryos of ground-nesting birds may be used as a resource by dung beetles.

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