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Enoplotrupes tawangensis: New species of dung beetle discovered in Tawang

Date: 03 June 2019 Tags: Biodiversity

A new species of dung beetle named as Enoplotrupes tawangensis was recently discovered in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It has shining dark blue in colour and measurs up to 27 mm. It is relatively bigger than most of the dung beetles.

About Dung beetles

Dung beetles belong to super family scarabaeoidea, having clubbed antennae and pro-tibiae (pro-legs) modified for burrowing dung inside the soil.  They have ability to bury dung deep in the soil and are indicators of the ecological health of an ecosystem. They are relatively large size and distinct blue colour. They exhibit strong sexual dimorphism characteristics, with the fronto-clypeal horn shorter in females than males.

Environmental Significance: Dung beetles are considered beneficial to environment as they help in nutrient cycling of soil. They are often referred to as little recyclers as these scavenger beetles require mammalian dung to survive.

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