Indicative response of Oxysternon festivum Linné (Coleoptera: Scarabaidae) to vegetation condition in the basin of the Orinoco river, Venezuela

  title={Indicative response of Oxysternon festivum Linn{\'e} (Coleoptera: Scarabaidae) to vegetation condition in the basin of the Orinoco river, Venezuela},
  author={Jos{\'e} Rafael Ferrer‐Paris and Cecilia Lozano and Arlene Cardozo-Urdaneta and Arianna Thomas Cabianca},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
A good indicator species should be easy to sample, identify and measure, and be informative about its ecological context. We analysed data from a nation-wide dung beetle survey in Venezuela in order to assess the indicative response of Oxysternon festivum (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) to vegetation and climatic condition in the Orinoco river basin. Our approach consisted of two steps: estimating habitat suitability (HS) from historical records and mean environmental conditions, and analysing four… Expand

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