Dung beetles and their nematode parasites as ecosystem engineers and agents of disease
Dung beetles (Order Coleoptera, Subfamily Scarabaeoidea), are a magnificent group of insects noted for both their physical beauty and ecologically significant role in parasite suppression and agricultural management. These insects feed on feces in both their larval and adult forms and are classified into one of three groups based on the way they procure fecal resources to their young. Paracoprid dung beetles collect chunks of feces and bury them in tunnels/nests dug directly below the site of deposition, telocoprid beetles create carefully crafted balls of dung and roll them away from the pat ...
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