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Kenya (2022)

Characterizing the structure and composition of dung beetle communities in a Kenyan savanna

Finote Gijsman

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Titre : Characterizing the structure and composition of dung beetle communities in a Kenyan savanna

Pays : Kenya

Date attribution : 18-01-2022

Numéro projet : 212525091

Bénéficiaire : Finote Gijsman Princeton University

Contexte
In Central Kenya specifically, the dung beetle fauna is rich but not well known or studied. The savannas found within this region are host to diverse assemblages of large mammalian herbivores (LMH, >5kg), many of which are highly threatened and theoretically support a large diversity and biomass of dung beetles. The loss of these LMH is expected to have profound effects on the structure and composition of dung beetle communities in these ecosystem. As such, identifying the mammal assemblages on which dung beetles depend, and understanding their patterns of community assembly/disassembly, particularly in African savannas which support a wide suite of threatened LMH and are subject to major anthropogenic disturbances, is thus essential for their conservation.

Objectifs
The overall objectives of this project are as follows :
1. Describe and characterize dung beetle communities across seasons, environmental gradients, and in the presence of various mammal species, functional guilds, and sizes.
2. Examine how associations between dung beetles and large mammalian herbivores in an African savanna vary across seasons and environmental gradients.
3. Identify dung beetle species that may be at high risk of extinction due to their dependence on specific or threatened large mammalian herbivores (LMH).
4. Assess the population and conservation status of dung beetle species in Kenyan savannas.

Financement : $11,000

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

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