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Title: Changes in dung beetle communities along a gradient of tropical forest disturbance in South-East Asia
Authors: Lee, J.S.H.
Lee, I.Q.W.
Lim, S.L.-H.
Huijbregts, J.
Sodhi, N.S. 
Keywords: Biodiversity
Ecosystem services
Malay Peninsula
Tropical forests
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Citation: Lee, J.S.H., Lee, I.Q.W., Lim, S.L.-H., Huijbregts, J., Sodhi, N.S. (2009-11). Changes in dung beetle communities along a gradient of tropical forest disturbance in South-East Asia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25 (6) : 677-680. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With increasing conversion of South-East Asian forests to human-dominated landscapes, dramatic changes in biodiversity are likely to have ramifications on ecosystem processes (Sodhi & Brook 2006). Dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) have been used to investigate how biodiversity changes affect ecosystem functions (Larsen et al. 2005, Slade et al. 2007). Dung beetles provide important ecosystem services such as dung removal and secondary seed dispersal (Nichols et al. 2008) and have been shown to be reliable indicators of tropical forest disturbance (Gardner et al. 2008, Klein 1989). Here, we determine the effects of forest disturbance on the species richness of dung beetles and ecosystem functions they perform in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. As far as we know, there has been no known study published on dung beetle ecology on the Malay Peninsula. In this study, we test the hypothesis that old-growth forests contain dung beetle communities of higher species richness, abundance, biomass and larger body size. Previous studies have shown that changes in dung beetle communities have the potential to disrupt ecosystem services in natural habitats (Larsen et al. 2005, Mittal 1993). We also investigate whether dung removal is affected by forest disturbance and test the hypothesis that dung removal is reduced in more disturbed forests compared with less-disturbed forests. Copyright © 2009 Cambridge University Press.
Source Title: Journal of Tropical Ecology
ISSN: 02664674
DOI: 10.1017/S0266467409990174
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