oa Madoqua - Species composition of and biological notes on Tenebrionidae of the lower Kuiseb River and adjacent gravel plain
|Article Title||Species composition of and biological notes on Tenebrionidae of the lower Kuiseb River and adjacent gravel plain|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Desert Ecological Research Unit, Swakopmund, South West Africa/Namibia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1982|
|Pages||5 - 25|
|Keyword(s)||Acacia dominated woodland, Ethylene glycol, Gobabeb, Granite boulders, Grassy gypsum-gravel flats, Inselberg Mirabib, Kuiseb river-bed, Metriopus depressus, Microhabitats, Physosterna cribripes, Pitfall traps, Plant density, Psammophytic diggers, Quartz koppie, Swakop river-bed, Vegetation patterns and Zophosis (Calosis) amabilis|
The Namib Desert of SWA/Namibia supports a rich tenebrionid fauna. Endrdy-Younga (1978) discusses the distribution patterns of southern African groups, including those of the Namib Desert. Penrith tabulates habitat preferences for Zophosini and Adesmiini. The central portion of this coastal desert is sharply divided into three major habitat types: dune field, riverbed, and gravel plain. Much emphasis has been placed on the biology of dune tenebrionids, with special regard to their adaptations. However, comparatively little has been published on the tenebrionids of the river-bed habitat and almost nothing on those of the gravel plain.
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