Diversity and Seasonal Activity of Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in Northeastern Georgia
The Family Silphidae is a small but widespread group of primarily necrophagous beetles. Approximately 175 species are found throughout the world with 30 of these in North America (Arnett and Thomas 2001, American Beetles Vol. 1: 269). Silphids have been the subject of many studies on behavior and ecology and have some forensic importance as well (Carvalho et al. 2000, Mem. Inst. Oswald0 Cruz no. 1: 135-I 38). There is some evidence that silphids are negatively affected by habitat fragmentation (Gibbs and Stanton 2001, Ecol. Appl. 11: 79-85) and because they are easily surveyed, they may be useful environmental indicators.
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