Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 821–827 | Cite as

Daily Activity Patterns and Thermal Tolerance of Three Sympatric Dung Beetle Species (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Eucraniini) from the Monte Desert, Argentina

  • V C Giménez GómezEmail author
  • S B Lomáscolo
  • G A Zurita
  • F Ocampo
Ecology, Behavior and Bionomics


Tolerance to extreme temperatures, thermal limits, and the mechanisms of thermoregulation are related to internal functions of insects and partly define their ecological niche. We study the association between daily activity of dung beetles from the Monte Desert in Argentina and their tolerance to high temperatures. Results indicate that for all three sympatric species studied, Eucranium belenae Ocampo, Anomiopsoides cavifrons (Burmeister), and Anomiopsoides fedemariai Ocampo, daily activity is associated to ground temperature. Eucranium belenae is active when ground temperature is relatively low and it is less tolerant to long periods of activity at high temperatures in the lab, while A. cavifrons and A. fedemariai are active when ground temperatures are higher, and they tolerate high temperatures for longer periods of time than E. belenae in the lab. These species coexist and use similar food sources, and this eco-physiological study may help to explain how they differentiate under the same environmental conditions. The Monte Desert is considered an extreme environment, and studies on thermal tolerance offer testable predictions to understand how species would respond to climate change.


Eucranium belenae Anomiopsoides cavifrons Anomiopsoides fedemariai behavior arid environments insect physiology 



The authors want to thank members of the Entomology Department of Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de Zonas Áridas, especially to Dr. Sergio Roig, Dr. Belén Maldonado, Dr. Jhon César Neita Moreno, Technician Ana Scollo, Dr. Federico Agrain, Dr. Germán San Blas, and Dra. Adriana Malvaldi, for their collaboration either in the field or in the lab. We thank field technicians Gualberto Zalazar and Hugo Debandi for help during fieldwork. We also thank Dra. Valeria Corbalán for lending us the necessary material for experiments and Dr. Rodrigo Pol for facilitating transport to field sites. Special thanks go to Domingo Giménez for his help with fieldwork and to Dra. Kimberly Sheldon for advice on experimental design and for comments on early versions of our article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V C Giménez Gómez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S B Lomáscolo
    • 2
    • 3
  • G A Zurita
    • 1
    • 4
  • F Ocampo
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Instituto de Biología SubtropicalUniv Nacional de Misiones – CONICETPuerto IguazúArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA)CCT – CONICET MendozaMendozaArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto de Ecología Regional, Residencia Universitaria Horco MolleUniv Nacional de TucumánYerba BuenaArgentina
  4. 4.Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniv Nacional de MisionesEldoradoArgentina
  5. 5.AgIdeaPergaminoArgentina

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