Endocoprid activity of Aphodius fossor (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) related to bovine dung decomposition in a mixed grass prairie.

Abstract

Aphodius fossor (L.) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a common endocoprid dung beetle in southeastern Wyoming, may have a survival strategy to maintain dung pad integrity and moisture crucial to larval survival in an arid climate (annual precipitation <30 cm). Typically, A. fossor seems to contribute little to dung pad decomposition, because inhabited dung pads… (More)

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