A Comparison of the Dung Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Collecting Performance of Pitfall Traps and Burrowing Interception Traps

Goh, Thary Gazi and Hashim, Rosli (2018) A Comparison of the Dung Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Collecting Performance of Pitfall Traps and Burrowing Interception Traps. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 72 (1). pp. 195-202. ISSN 0010-065X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-72.1.195

Abstract

A method for trapping dung beetles by preventing the beetles from burrowing out of a container is described and illustrated. The trap consists of dung bait placed directly in contact with soil within a plastic container. Beetles are prevented from burrowing further into the ground by the container and become trapped. The soil with the trap is then manually inspected for the beetles trapped within. Compared to conventional pitfall traps, this method collects a higher abundance of tunnelling dung beetles. Beetles inside the trap are collected alive, which makes this trap suitable for DNA and population studies. However, while this trap is more effective with tunneler dung beetles, it is less effective for collecting roller dung beetles than conventional pitfall traps. This method has potential uses in studies of dung beetle behavior, taxonomy, and ecology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sampling method; Shannon's diversity index; Simpson diversity index; trapping method; tropics
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 06:42
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22010

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