Davis planting a new
rainforest tree at the Danum
Valley Field Centre in Borneo.
Photo by Jimmy Omar.
research has focused on the use of dung-feeding beetles
(Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae, Scarabaeinae; Geotrupidae;
Hybosoridae) as indicators of environmental disturbance.
Work has been centered on tropical forests in Malaysia,
examining the community dynamics of dung-feeding beetles
in primary and derived forest ecosystems. Interests include
canopy communities where a new guild of arboreal dung
beetles was found during work in northern Borneo, revealing
a dung-rolling species of Onthophagus (see Davis
et al. 1997). Taxonomic work has been carried out in conjunction
with the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (The
Netherlands) and the Natural History Museum (London).
A reference collection of all scarab material is kept
Oxford OX2 6HG
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Davis, A.J. (1993) The ecology and behaviour of rainforest dung
beetles in northern Borneo. Unpublished PhD thesis, University
Davis, A.J. (1998) Beetle abundance and diversity in the Maliau
Basin, with special reference to the dung and carrion beetle fauna.
In Maliau Basin Scientific Expedition 1996, M.Mohamed, W.Sinun,
A. Anton, Mohd. Noh Dalimin & Abdul-Hamid Ahmad (eds), pp.
77-86. Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.
Davis, A.J. (1998) Dung beetle abundance and diversity in the
Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Malayan Nature Journal
Davis, A.J. (1999) Perching behaviour in Bornean dung beetles
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists' Bulletin 53(4):365-370.
Davis, A.J. (1999) Species packing in tropical forests: diel flight
activity of rainforest dung-feeding beetles (Aphodiidae, Scarabaeidae,
Hybosoridae: Coleoptera) in Borneo. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology
Davis, A.J. (2000) Does reduced-impact logging help preserve biodiversity
in tropical rainforests? A case study from Borneo using dung beetles
as indicators. Environmental Entomology 29(3): 467-475.
Davis, A.J. (2000) Species richness of dung-feeding beetles (Coleoptera:
Aphodiidae. Scarabaeidae, Hybosoridae) in tropical rainforest
at Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia. Coleopterists' Bulletin 54(2):
Davis, A.J., Holloway, J.D., Huijbregts, J., Kirk-Spriggs, A.H.,
Krikken, J. & Sutton,
S.L. (2001) Dung beetles as indicators of change in the forests
of northern Borneo. Journal of Applied Ecology 38: xx-xx (In press).
Davis, A.J. & Huijbregts, J. (2000) Apparent kleptoparasitic
behaviour among Bornean rainforest dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Coleopterists' Bulletin 54(1):88-89.
Davis, A.J., Huijbregts, J., Kirk-Spriggs, A.H., Krikken, J. &
Sutton, S.L. (1997) The ecology and behaviour of arboreal dung
beetles in Borneo. In Canopy Arthropods, N.E.Stork, J.Adis &
R.Didham (eds), pp. 417-432. Chapman & Hall, London.
Davis, A.J., Huijbregts, J., & Krikken, J. (2000) The role
of local and regional processes
in shaping dung beetle communities in tropical forest plantations
in Borneo. Global Ecology and Biogeography 9: 281-292.
Davis, A.J. & Lantoh, S. (1996) Dung beetles collected from
Rafflesia pricei Meijer at the Tambunan Reserve, Sabah,
Malaysian Borneo. Malayan Nature Journal 50: 39-41.
Davis, A.J. & Sutton, S.L. (1997) A dung beetle that feeds
on fig: implications for the measurement of species rarity. Journal
of Tropical Ecology 13: 759-766.
Davis, A.J. & Sutton, S.L. (1998) The effects of rainforest
canopy loss on arboreal dung beetles in Borneo: implications for
the measurement of biodiversity in derived tropical ecosystems.
Diversity and Distributions 4: 167-173.
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