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Deltochilini and Phanaeini dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in introduced and native ecosystems of Brazil

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The dung beetle tribes Deltochilini and Phanaeini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) play an important ecological role in the habitats in which they live. Despite much field work on these beetles in the Neotropical region, biological information on many taxa is still unknown. Here we provide information on species of Deltochilini and Phanaeini including temporal distribution of adults, sex ratio (Male : Female) and measurements of the individuals as well as on ecology and general biology of all species sampled in introduced (pasturelands of Brachiaria spp.) and native (patch of the Brazilian savanna) ecosystems of Brazil. Furthermore, our findings may help to understand the complexity of the effects of mixed ecosystems on the biodiversity of dung beetles.
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Keywords: agro-pastoral landscape; biodiversity conservation; bioindicator; copro-necrophagous beetle; ecological service; landscape ecology; Scarabaeoidea

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Entomologia, Departamento de Entomologia, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil 2: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Agronomia, Universidade Estadual de Mato Grosso do Sul, Aquidauana, Brazil 3: Departamento de Biologia, Setor de Ecologia, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Lavras, Brazil

Publication date: September 25, 2014

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