Changes in food resources and conservation of scarab beetles: from sheep to dog dung in a green urban area of Rome (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea)

@inproceedings{Carpaneto2005ChangesIF,
  title={Changes in food resources and conservation of scarab beetles: from sheep to dog dung in a green urban area of Rome (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea)},
  author={Giuseppe Maria Carpaneto and Adriano Mazziotta and Emanuele Piattella},
  year={2005}
}
The aim of the research was to show how a change in land use influences the structure of a dung beetle assemblage and affect its conservation. [...] Key ResultsFrom sheep to dog dung, an impoverishment of the total richness was observed (from 19 to 9 species) together with an increase of individuals (by 7 times). Dog dung harboured 20% of the current scarab dung beetle fauna of Rome, probably as a consequence of the dog mixed diet, rich in cellulose. Both the communities showed a high percentage of tunnellers… Expand Abstract

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