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The Utilization of Sloth Dung in a Neotropical Forest

Orrey P. Young
The Coleopterists Bulletin
Vol. 35, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 427-430
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4007962
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Topics: Feces, Sin of sloth, Sloths, Species, Food, Forest litter, Mammals, Dung beetles, Coleoptera, Plant litter
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The Utilization of Sloth Dung in a Neotropical Forest
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Abstract

The fecal material produced by arboreal sloths on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, occurs in the leaf litter and is dry, hard, and pelletized. An ectocommensal scarabaeid of the sloth, Uroxys gorgon Arrow, can utilize this material only in a short period immediately after it is deposited. A seed predator, Notiobia parilis Bates (Carabidae), can survive on the contents of older dung pellets.

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