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dung beetle

n.
Any of various beetles chiefly of the family Scarabaeidae that feed on dung and lay their eggs in it, often rolling it into balls.

dung beetle

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dung chafer

n
(Animals) any of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung

dung′ bee`tle


n.
any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung.
[1625–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggsdung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
scarabaean, scarabaeid, scarabaeid beetle - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
scarab, scarabaeus, Scarabaeus sacer - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians
tumblebug - any of various dung beetles
dorbeetle - Old World dung beetle that flies with a droning sound
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This perspective suggests that loss of mammals (i.e., and their feces as a food resource) may alter competitive interactions between dung beetles species and may even cause local extinction of highly specialized species (Bogoni & Hernandez, 2014).
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In temperate and tropical areas of the world, dung beetles belonging to the subfamily Scarabaeinae (Floate, 2011) perform a large part of the dung removal from the ground.