Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Trap type affects dung beetle taxonomic and functional diversity in Bornean tropical forests
Authors: Ong, Xin Rui
David, Hemprich-Bennett
Gray, Claudia
Kemp, Victoria
Chung, Arthur Y. C.
Slade, Eeleanor M.
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences::Ecology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Ong, X. R., David, H., Gray, C., Kemp, V., Chung, A. Y. C. & Slade, E. M. (2021). Trap type affects dung beetle taxonomic and functional diversity in Bornean tropical forests. Austral Ecology.
Journal: Austral Ecology 
Abstract: Baited pitfall traps (BPTs) and flight intercept traps (FITs) are the most common methods employed for sampling dung beetle communities. These methods vary in their efficacy and are affected by factors such as the bait types used and the dispersal abilities of different dung beetle species. We present the first quantitative comparison of the community composition, taxonomic and functional diversity of dung beetles caught in human dung BPTs and FITs in Bornean tropical forests. Functional diversity metrics were calculated based on the three functional traits of nesting method, body length, and diel activity. We show that BPTs and FITs captured complementary communities with different functional traits, and that BPTs captured more functionally diverse communities. We therefore recommend using a combination of both BPTs and FITs for studies assessing the composition of dung beetles across habitat types. Our results also highlight that it is important to consider how trap type affects the trait composition of communities when relating dung beetle communities and functional traits to ecological functioning. We suggest modifications to FITs based on the design of harp traps to increase their effectiveness in capturing larger-bodied beetles.
ISSN: 1442-9985
DOI: 10.1111/aec.13124
Rights: © 2021 Ecological Society of Australia. All rights reserved. This paper was published by Wiley in Austral Ecology and is made available with permission of Ecological Society of Australia.
Fulltext Permission: embargo_20221030
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:ASE Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Dung beetle trapping_MS_final submission.pdf
  Until 2022-10-30
233.19 kBAdobe PDFUnder embargo until Oct 30, 2022

Page view(s)

Updated on May 17, 2022

Google ScholarTM




Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.