oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Observations on the behaviour of Onymacris laeviceps Gebien (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Adesmiini) in the central Namib Desert dunes
|Article Title||Observations on the behaviour of Onymacris laeviceps Gebien (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Adesmiini) in the central Namib Desert dunes|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Desert Ecological Research Unit, Swakopmund|
|Publication Date||Sep 1988|
|Pages||183 - 192|
|Keyword(s)||Bimodal daily activity pattern, Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Adesmiini, Endemic tenebrionid beetle, Illustrations, Mobile slipfaces, Namib Desert dunes, Onymacris laeviceps and Seasonal reproductive patterns|
Onymacris laeviceps Gebien is an endemic tenebrionid beetle of the sand dunes of the central Namib Desert. In our study area it was most frequently associated with mobile slipfaces near dune crests. When not on the surface, the beetles bury themselves within the sand dunes. During February and March (late summer), these beetles had a bimodal daily activity pattern and their movements appeared to be correlated with temperature.
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