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Acta zoológica mexicana

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NORIEGA, Jorge Ari; HORGAN, Finbarr G.; LARSEN, Trond H.  y  VALENCIA, Gorky. Records of an invasive dung beetle species, Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in Peru. Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.2, pp. 451-456. ISSN 0065-1737.

Digitonthophagus gazella, a dung beetle of indoafrican origin was first introduced to the Americas in the 1970s. Since then it has increased its range through deliberate introductions by national programs and by natural spread in the absence of geographical barriers. The species continues to expand its range as it invades new regions following the anthropogenic clearing of forests. We present the first reports of D. gazella in Peru and indicate that the species is now, perhaps, the most widespread dung beetle in tropical and subtropical pastures.

Palabras llave : Scarabaeidae; Digitonthophagus gazella; dung beetle; invasive species; Peru.

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