Dung beetle distribution patterns in the Iberian peninsula

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A canonical variate analysis was used to summarize the distribution pattern of 30 species of dung beetles (Scarabaeinae) from 162 sites in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in relation to 4 site variables. The best separation of beetle species, obtained using a xerothermic climatic index, was into 3 groups called "mediterranean", "unrestricted" and "temperate". Little further separation was achieved using altitude, dung type or soil type. These data are used to select dung beetles for introduction to south-western Australia for bush fly control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes


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