The role of the mesothoracic spiracles in respiration in flighted and flightless dung beetles

  title={The role of the mesothoracic spiracles in respiration in flighted and flightless dung beetles},
  author={F. Duncan and M. Byrne},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  pages={907 - 914}
  • F. Duncan, M. Byrne
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • SUMMARY The relative role of the mesothoracic and abdominal spiracles in respiration was examined using flow-through respirometry in four dung beetle species from different habitats. Two species of flightless beetles, Scarabaeus (Pachysoma) gariepinus and Scarabaeus (Pachysoma) striatum, from the arid western region of southern Africa and a large flighted species, Pachylomerus femoralis, from a more mesic habitat were compared with Circellium bacchus, a flightless beetle from a low rainfall… CONTINUE READING
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