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Vertical stratification responses of an arboreal dung beetle species to tropical forest fragmentation in Malaysia.

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  • Daniel J. Tregidgo
  • Lan Qie
  • Jos Barlow
  • Navjot S. Sodhi
  • Susan Lee-Hong Lim
Journal publication date09/2010
JournalBiotropica
Journal number5
Volume42
Number of pages5
Pages521-525
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Little is known about how arboreal arthropods respond to forest disturbance. We assessed how rain forest fragmentation affected the vertical stratification of arboreal dung beetles in Peninsular Malaysia. An arboreal dung beetle species (Onthophagus sp.) moved closer to the forest floor in smaller fragments, suggesting a downward shift in its foraging possibly in response to fragmentation.