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Acta zoológica mexicana

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GARCIA-ATENCIA, Sandy  e  MARTINEZ-HERNANDEZ, Neis. Phytophagous scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Department of Atlantico, Colombia. Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.89-96. ISSN 2448-8445.

A phytophagous species inventory belonging to the family Scarabaeidae to the department of Atlantico was performed in order to update the distribution of these insects in one of the least studied departments of Colombia. Five fragments were sampled (Reserva Campesina La Montaña, RCM; Reserva Bijibana, RB; Corrales de San Luis, CSL; Distrito de Manejo Integrado Luriza, DMI Luriza; Campus Universidad del Atlántico, CUA) using light traps, traps baited with fruits and manually capture. Thirty-two species distributed in 18 genera and four subfamilies were collected. The subfamilies Rutelinae and Dynastinae were the most diverse with 11 species each one, followed by Melolonthinae with six and Cetoniinae with four. A data about the distribution of Xenopelidnota anomala in the country was obtained, and Tomarus cuniculus was registered for the first time. This represents an increasing of the generic and specific richness for the department of Atlantico, making it necessary to include environmental projects for increasing natural reservoirs, and socialization for Biodiversity care, specifically phytophagous scarab beetles belonging to the Scarabaeidae family that play important ecological roles within ecosystems.

Palavras-chave : Scarabaeidae "Pleurosticti"; Inventory; Distribution; Atlantico.

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