Vol. 25 Núm. 1 (2009)
Ensayos

BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF PHANAEUS DUNG BEETLES (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE): REVIEW AND NEW OBSERVATIONS

Dana L. PRICE
1Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolution. 14 College Farm Road, DEENR Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ 08904. Corresponding author: Department of Biological Sciences, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801, U.S.A.
Michael L. MAY
Department of Entomology. 93 Lipman Drive, Blake Hall. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Publicado 2009-04-15

Cómo citar

PRICE, D. L., & MAY, M. L. (2009). BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF PHANAEUS DUNG BEETLES (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE): REVIEW AND NEW OBSERVATIONS. ACTA ZOOLÓGICA MEXICANA (N.S.), 25(1). https://doi.org/10.21829/azm.2009.251621

Resumen

The genus Phanaeus Macleay comprises an important part of the Neotropical dung beetle fauna. With a few exceptions, these beetles are preferentially coprophagous, exploiting the moist excrement of large herbivores and omnivores. The nesting behavior (nidification) of Phanaeus is characterized mainly by tunneling rather than rolling behavior. Phanaeus species are Pattern II nesters: during the breeding season, the male and female cooperate in provisioning the nesting gallery, even though females can perform these activities alone. Their intricate behaviors and extravagant colors and horns have made these beetles the subject of numerous publications dealing with male-male competition, bisexual cooperation, nidification and more. This review is meant to give an overview of published and new behavioral observations for these species as well as to suggest directions for future research.