Possible indirect effects of mammal hunting on dung beetle assemblages in Panama

Andresen, Ellen, and Laurance, Susan (2007) Possible indirect effects of mammal hunting on dung beetle assemblages in Panama. Biotropica, 39 (1). pp. 141-146.

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Hunting often impacts rain forest mammal communities but little is known about its indirect effects on other taxa. We examined dung beetle assemblages using pitfall and flight-intercept traps at six rain forest sites in Panama that ranged in hunting intensity. Heavily hunted sites showed altered community composition, significantly fewer species (based on rarefaction), and lower abundances of dung beetles than did sites with little hunting. Our results suggest that intensive hunting affects nontarget forest taxa and is potentially altering ecosystem functioning.

Item ID: 46725
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-7429
Keywords: rainforest; hunting; dung beetles
Funders: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 01:36
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 100%
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