Adrian L.V. Davis

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Adrian Davis on the experimental
farm, University of Pretoria, with the
basic tools of the trade.
Photo by Christiaan Deschodt.


Adrian Davis started out in the U.K. but got bitten by the travel bug, so in 1971 he traveled overland from Europe through Africa where he has been ever since. He is currently based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as a member of the Scarab Research Group in the Department of Zoology & Entomology after stints at the University of Cape Town and the overseas station of the Australian CSIRO Dung Beetle Research Unit in Pretoria. Although he has dabbled in nesting biology and ecophysiology of scarabaeine dung beetles, he has been primarily interested in their spatial and temporal distribution patterns from biogeographical down to community ecological scales of organization. This groundwork has now evolved into an interest in the historical origins of these patterns, which is assisted by his taxonomic knowledge of the Afrotropical fauna.

  Dr Adrian L.V. Davis
Dept of Zoology & Entomology
University of Pretoria
Lynnwood Rd

TEL: 27 (0)12 420 2539
27 (0)72 211 3978
FAX: 27 (0)12 362 5242

1.     Davis, A.L.V. 1986. Three new species of Afrotropical dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genera, Kheper Janssens, Gymnopleurus Illiger and Onitis Fabricius, with notes on related species. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 49: 373-387.

2.    Davis, A.L.V. 1987. Geographical distribution of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and their seasonal activity in south-western Cape Province. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 50: 275-285.

3.    Davis, A.L.V., Doube, B.M. & Maclennan, P.D. 1988. Habitat associations and seasonal abundance of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Hydrophilidae, Histeridae) in the Hluhluwe region of South Africa. Bulletin of Entomological Research 78: 425-434.

4.    Davis, A.L.V. 1989. Nesting of Afrotropical Oniticellus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and its evolutionary trend from soil to dung. Ecological Entomology 14: 11-21.
5.    Davis, A.L.V. 1989. Residence and breeding of Oniticellus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) within cattle pads: inhibition by dung-burying beetles. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 52: 229-236.

6.    Davis, A.L.V. 1993. Alpha diversity patterns of dung beetle assemblages (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, Hydrophilidae, Histeridae, Staphylinidae) in the winter rainfall region of South Africa. African Entomology 1: 67-80.

7.    Davis, A.L.V. & Dewhurst, C.F. 1993. Climatic and biogeographical associations of Kenyan and north Tanzanian dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). African Journal of Ecology 31: 290-306.

8.    Davis, A.L.V. 1993. Biogeographical groups in a southern African, winter rainfall, dung beetle assemblage (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) - consequences of climatic history and habitat fragmentation. African Journal of Ecology 31: 306-327.

9.    Davis, A.L.V. 1993. Annual age structure patterns in Afrotropical dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) under winter rainfall climate. Journal of African Zoology 107: 397-411.

10.    Davis, A.L.V. 1994. Associations of Afrotropical Coleoptera (Scarabaeidae, Aphodiidae, Staphylinidae, Hydrophilidae, Histeridae) with dung and decaying matter: implications for selection of fly-control agents for Australia. Journal of Natural History 28: 383-399.

11.    Davis, A.L.V. 1994. Compositional differences between dung beetle assemblages (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in winter and summer rainfall climates. African Entomology 2: 45-51.

12.    Davis, A.L.V. 1994. Habitat fragmentation in southern Africa and distributional response patterns of five specialist or generalist dung beetle families (Coleoptera). African Journal of Ecology 32: 192-207.

13.    Davis, A.L.V. 1994. Community organization in a South African, winter rainfall, dung beetle assemblage (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Oecologica 15: 727-738.

14.    Davis, A.L.V. 1995. Daily weather variation and temporal dynamics in an Afrotropical dung beetle community (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Oecologica 16: 641-656.

15.    Davis, A.L.V. 1996. Habitat associations in a South African, summer rainfall, dung beetle community (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, Aphodiidae, Staphylinidae, Histeridae, Hydrophilidae). Pedobiologia 40: 260-280.

16.    Davis, A.L.V. 1996. Seasonal dung beetle activity and dung dispersal in selected South African habitats: implications for pasture improvement in Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 58: 157-169.

17.    Davis, A.L.V. 1996. Diel and seasonal community dynamics in an assemblage of coprophagous, Afrotropical, dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae s. str., Aphodiidae, Staphylinidae: Oxytelinae). Journal of African Zoology 110: 291-308.

18.    Davis, A.L.V. 1996. Community organization in dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): differences in body size and functional group structure between habitats. African Journal of Ecology 34: 258-275.

19.    Davis, A.L.V. 1997. Climatic and biogeographical associations of southern African dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae s. str.). African Journal of Ecology 35: 10-38.

20.    Davis, A.L.V., Scholtz, C.H. & Harrison, J. du G. 1999. New and threatened Afrotropical, dung beetle taxa in the Gondwanaland tribe Canthonini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). African Entomology 7: 77-84.

21.    Lobo, J.M. & Davis, A.L.V. 1999. An intercontinental comparison of dung beetle diversity between two mediterranean-climatic regions: local versus regional and historical influences. Diversity and Distributions 5: 91-103.

22.    Davis, A.L.V., Chown, S.L. & Scholtz, C.H. 1999. Discontinuous gas-exchange cycles in Scarabaeus dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): temperature dependence and mass scaling. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 72: 555-565.

23.    Davis, A.L.V., Scholtz, C.H. & Chown, S.L. 1999. Species turnover, community boundaries, and biogeographical composition of dung beetle assemblages across an altitudinal gradient in South Africa. Journal of Biogeography 26: 1039-1055.

24.    Davis, A.L.V., Chown, S.L., McGeoch, M.A. & Scholtz, C.H. 2000. A comparative analysis of metabolic rate in six Scarabaeus species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from southern Africa: further caveats when inferring adaptations. Journal of Insect Physiology 46: 553-562.

25.    Koch, S.O., Chown, S.L., Davis, A.L.V., Endrody-Younga, S. & Van Jaarsveld, A.S. 2000. Conservation strategies for poorly surveyed taxa: a dung beetle (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) case study from southern Africa. Journal of Insect Conservation 4: 45-56.

26.    Davis, A.L.V. & Scholtz, C.H. 2001. Historical versus ecological factors influencing global patterns of scarabaeine dung beetle diversity. Diversity and Distributions 7: 161-174.

27.    Davis, A.L.V., Scholtz, C.H. & Harrison, J. du G. 2001. Cladistic, phenetic, and biogeographical analysis of the flightless dung beetle genus, Gyronotus van Lansberge (Scarabaeidae), in threatened eastern afrotropical forests. Journal of Natural History 35: 1607-1625.

28.    Davis, A.L.V. 2002. Dung beetle diversity in South Africa: influential factors, conservation status, data inadequacies, and survey design. African Entomology 10: 53-65.

29.    Davis, A.L.V., Van Aarde, R.J., Scholtz, C.H. & Delport, J.H. 2002. Increasing representation of localized dung beetles across a chronosequence of regenerating vegetation and natural dune forest in South Africa. Global Ecology and Biogeography 11: 191-210.

30.    Davis, A.L.V., Scholtz, C.H. & Philips, T.K. 2002. Historical biogeography of scarabaeine dung beetles. Journal of Biogeography 29: 1217-1256.

31.    Davis, A.L.V., Van Aarde, R.J., Scholtz, C.H. & Delport, J.H. 2003. Convergence between dung beetle assemblages of a post-mining vegetational chronosequence and unmined dune forest. Restoration Ecology 11: in press.

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