Introduced Dung Beetles in Australia

Spiral Bound - October 2015 - AU $22.00

eBook - October 2015 - eRetailers Google Books Kobo

A field guide to introduced dung beetles, covering all of Australia.

This field guide to introduced dung beetles covers all species found in Australia, including two newly introduced species. It will enable farmers, Landcare workers and the interested public to identify and learn about the basic biology of these beetles found in cattle dung.


"This handy pocket guide, perfect for glove-boxes... will be a great resource for landholders, Landcare groups and anyone who wants to identify and learn more about these amazing insects and the valuable role they play in our landscapes by enhancing pastures, improving soil health and reducing parasites."
Bruce Lord, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, January 2016, pp 13

"This handy, pocket-sized and laminated field guide... will enable farmers, Landcare workers and interested punters to identify and learn about the basic biology of these beetles found in cattle dung. Go and see what you can find!"
Grass Roots, pp 73


Spiral Bound | October 2015 | $ 22.00
ISBN: 9781486300693 | 80 pages | 105 x 165 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations, Maps

ePDF | October 2015
ISBN: 9781486300709
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Species entries: scientific name, identifying features, distribution, additional information
  • Each accompanied by at least one photograph and a distribution map
  • Covers 25 species, including recently introduced species


The introduced beetles
Onitis pecuarius v. O. viridulus
New introductions
Native dung beetles
Other beetles in dung


Penny Edwards worked at the CSIRO Dung Beetle Research Unit in South Africa for five years researching the reproductive biology of dung beetles, and later in Canberra studying the effect of dung quality on dung beetle growth and reproduction. She was the technical co-ordinator on the 2001-2002 Queensland Dung Beetle Project.

Pam Wilson worked for the Northern Tablelands Dung Beetle Express project during which time she was involved in dung beetle monitoring, harvesting and release under the guidance of the Queensland Dung Beetle Project. After receiving a Churchill Fellowship Pam studied the effects of grazing management on dung beetle populations in South Africa.

Jane Wright joined CSIRO in 1984 to work on the dung beetle project in South Africa. After a detour through stored grain research, Jane returned to dung beetles in her retirement and led the project to introduce Onthophagus vacca and Bubas bubalus.