oa Madoqua - Factors controlling reproduction of certain Namib desert tenebrionids
Althought tenebrionid beetles are probably the best studied insect group of the Namib Desert most of the studies have concerned themselves mainly with taxonomy and, more recently physiology, behaviour and ecology. No investigation known to date has endeavoured to establish if reproductive cycles exist, or to evalute the factors controlling time of reproduction of desert tenebrionids in their natural habitat. This study was undertaken as a first attempt to partially fill this important gap in the available information relating to these most interesting and extremely well-adapted desert insects.
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