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Seely, M.K. 1979. Irregular fog as a water source for desert dune beetles. Oecologia, 42(2): 213-227


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Irregular fog as a water source for desert dune beetles.

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Three methods of fog-water uptake have been observed in three tribes of Namib desert dune tenebrionid beetles, Adesmiini, Eurychorini and Zophosini. The methods used correlate with distribution and gross morphology of each species but cut across phylogenetic affinities. Of the three methods described, none involve obvious fine anatomical or physical adaptations of the beetles for fog-water uptake. Rather, the beetles have evolved specific behavioural patterns for drinking water condensed on vegetation, their own dorsum or sand.

Year: 1979

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00344858


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