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Feeding on excrement.


Feeding on excrement: coprophagous beetles.

cop·roph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.
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Coprophagous Coleoptera have been considered as sensitive animals to the conversion, modification, reduction and fragmentation of tropical forests.
Nontarget effects of ivermectin on coprophagous insects in Japan.
This tendency of adult coprophagous muscids to avoid environments with sun exposure could be related to a decrease in the drying time of the substrate, and resource utilization by the larvae as a substrate for breeding (Blackith and Blackith 1993).
Large phytophagous species of mammals are providing the bulk of resources for coprophagous dung beetles.
Why and where coprophagous beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) eat seeds, fruits or vegetable detritus.
The use of pedicels of phoretic deutonymph of Uropoda orbicularis (Acari: Uropodidae) connected with coprophagous beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) by Macrocheles female mites (Acari: Macrochelidae) in the process of dispersion.
The coprophagous beetle fauna is highly diverse in Mexican cattle pasturelands (Halffter et al.
Importance of dung incorporation activity by three species of coprophagous beetle (Coleopteta: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) macrofauna in pastureland on "La Michilia" Biosphere Reserve in Durango, Mexico.
Abstract: In a tropical dry forest landscape, in the inlet of Bahia Concha, Santa Marta, Colombia, we evaluated the spatio-temporal variation in the assemblage of coprophagous coleopterans associated with three zones with different degrees of anthropogenic disturbance.
Feeding segregation: Most of the collected species were coprophagous, with a lower percentage of necrophagous and generalist species (Fig.