, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 213–227 | Cite as

Irregular fog as a water source for desert dune beetles

  • M. K. Seely


Three methods of fog-water uptake have been observed in three tribes of Namib desert dune tenebrionid beetles, Adesmiini, Eurychorini and Zophosini. The methods used correlate with distribution and gross morphology of each species but cut across phylogenetic affinities. Of the three methods described, none involve obvious fine anatomical or physical adaptations of the beetles for fog-water uptake. Rather, the beetles have evolved specific behavioural patterns for drinking water condensed on vegetation, their own dorsum or sand.

Use of fog-water necessitates surface activity at times when surface temperatures and wind velocities are not optimal for these diurnal or crepuscular species. Behavioural adaptation has enabled these beetles to use irregular and unpredictable fogs as a moisture source.


Drinking Water Surface Temperature Water Source Wind Velocity Surface Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Seely
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  1. 1.Desert Ecological Research UnitSwakopmund, South West Africa

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