Forest habitat parameters influence abundance and diversity of cadaver-visiting dung beetles in Central Europe

Christian Von Hoermann, Sandra Weithmann, Markus Deißler, Manfred Ayasse & Sandra Steiger
Dung beetles (Scarabaeoidea) provide crucial ecosystem services and serve as model organisms for various behavioural, ecological and evolutionary studies. However, dung beetles have received little attention as consumers of large cadavers. In this study, we trapped copronecrophagous dung beetles on aboveground exposed piglet cadavers in 61 forest plots distributed over three geographically distinct regions in Germany, Central Europe. We examined the effects of land use intensity, forest stand, soil characteristics, vascular plant diversity and climatic...
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