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Coprophagous beetles (Coleoptera) found in moose (Alces alces L.) feces in Kampinos National Park

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This paper provides initial data on the fauna of coprophagus species related to moose feces. The research was performed in Kampinos National Park where the moose is the largest ungulate species. In the year 2016 we analyzed the material gathered in bait traps set in three habitats: meadow, heathland and mixed coniferous forest. 33 coprophagus species were collected. It appears that moose feces constitute the food source for a high number of coprophagus species representing three families: Geotrupidae, Hydrophilidae and Scarabaeidae. They are also an attractive microhabitat not only for common and numerous species but also those considered very rare in the European scale, such as: Limarus zenkeri, Planolinoides borealis, Nimbus contaminatus and Sigorus porcus.
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  • Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Łódzki Square 3, 10-727 Olsztyn, Poland
  • Kampinos National Park, 38 Tetmajera Street, 05-080 Izabelin, Poland
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