Diversity and biological characteristics of coprophilous arthropods (Arthropoda) on mt. Biokovo

Baričević, Lana (2013) Diversity and biological characteristics of coprophilous arthropods (Arthropoda) on mt. Biokovo. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Coprophilous arthropods are an ecological group of organisms whose way of life is related to the ephemeral substrate, dung, so their appearance is fleeting and conditioned by the presence of indigenous wild or domestic animals in a given area. In this thesis, literature data on coprophilous arthropods of Croatia is complied with the results of my own research on this group of organisms on the mountain of Biokovo. Sampled is the dung of domestic animals, on which the presence of 62 species of coprophilous arthropods has been established, arranged in three orders: beetles, maggots and flies, while the majority of recorded coprophilous arthropods belong to the beetles order (7 families). Most of the recorded species belongs to the family Scarabaeidae. Various analyses of the results provided insight into the ecology, occurrence, distribution and the impact of declining cattle breeding on both coprophiles and grassland habitats, within which they constitute as an important element of biodiversity. Introduced are conservation measures and the need for protection of coprophilous organisms.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: entomology, arachnology, coprophilia, Biokovo, biodiversity, vulnerability, cattle breeding
Supervisor: Kučinić, Mladen
Date: 2013
Number of Pages: 107
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 14:01
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 09:37
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/461

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