A pedobiological study of the dung beetle Typhaeus typhoeus (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae) = Een bodembiologisch onderzoek over de mestkever Typhaeus typhoeus (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae)

    Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


    From a study of the reproductive behaviour of the dung beetle Typhaeus typhoeus it is concluded that cylindrical structures
    filled with soil material in sandy soils of The Netherlands are the result of the back-filling of burrows by scarab beetles.

    Apparently ancient structures of this type were dated using data on fossil beetle remains and on clay illuviation. The microstructures of the infillings of back-filled burrows and of the undisturbed matrix were quantified and compared.

    To develop a method to predict the beetles' contribution to the genesis of sandy soils, the habitat selection of T . typhoeus was studied, as influenced by soil temperature, soil bulk density, soil moisture and the availability of dung.

    Original languageDutch
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Pons, L.J., Promotor
    • den Boer, P.J., Co-promotor, External person
    Award date1 Nov 1985
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


    • animal behaviour
    • ecology
    • habits
    • Scarabaeidae
    • soil fauna
    • soil structure
    • Trogidae
    • scarabaeoidea

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