Alfonsina Arriaga-Jiménez

Alfonsina Arriaga-Jiménez
University of New England (Australia) | UNE · Department of Zoology

Doctor in Biology of Populations and Ecology
Member of the IUCN SSC Dung Beetle Specialist Group 2021-2025.

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Introduction
My main interest is the study of insects and invertebrates , their biogeography, ecology, and behaviour. I've worked mainly in sky islands and islands in Mexico. I have IUCN red list experience in dung beetles. I'm also interested in working with indigenous communities, understanding their ethnobiology, and the relation between biodiversity and indigenous languages. I'm currently a postdoc fellow at UNE working on native dung beetles in NSW, Australia.

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Publications (45)
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In this study, data are presented for the designation of the new subgenus (Bajacanthon) for Canthon obliquus Horn, 1894 (Deltochilini). The new subgenus Bajacanthon is described based on a multiple evidence approach using morphological and molecular characters. This new subgenus has some unique characters, and is the remnant of an old South America...
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In Mexico, there are 68 indigenous languages, some of them in danger of extinction. In the community of Santa María Tlahuitoltepec the first language of the majority of the population is Mixe or Ayuujk, however, it has begun to be replaced by Spanish in the younger generations. Previous work in this community indicates that the loss of a bird speci...
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Several studies have tested the Elevational Rapoport Rule (ERR) in arthropods, especially in the Neotropical mountains. Nonetheless, different approaches should be used for a more nuanced comprehension of ERR patterns and assemblage altitudinal distribution patterns, such as the biogeographical, ecological, and evolutionary contexts. This study aim...
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Mountainous regions represent an excellent model to test ecological hypotheses encompassing assemblage diversity and species body traits. Among insects, there is no uniform body size pattern across temperature gradients, suggesting that processes controlling body size may differ among species. The aim of this study was to explore diversity and body...
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The Mediterranean Red List assessment is a review of the regional conservation status of approximately 6,000 species (amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds, fishes, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, corals and plants) according to the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. It identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the regio...
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This study presents the first report of the occurrence of Dasymutilla gloriosa (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) on Carmen, Cerralvo (Jacques Cousteau), and San Marcos Islands, Baja California Sur. Additionally, we collected D. connectens and D. gloriosa on the mainland of the Peninsula at the Sierra Laguna Reserve, that corresponds to the geographical dis...
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Geotrupes nuntiatus Kohlmann & Arriaga-Jiménez, sp. nov., is described from the Mixteca shield, in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Its habitat, distribution, and ecology are discussed. The male of Geotrupes lobatus Howden, 1974 is described for the first time. An updated key of the genus for the state of Oaxaca is presented to facilitate identific...
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The genus Cephalocyclus Dellacasa, Gordon & Dellacasa, 1998 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Aphodiini) was created for 10 species distributed in southern United States of America and Mesoamerica. Subsequently, 14 species were described or added to this genus (Dellacasa et al. 2000, 2007, 2011, 2013; Deloya & Ibáñez-Bernal 2000; Minor et al....
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Recent collecting and taxonomic studies of dung beetles of the genus Geotrupes Latreille (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae) in the mountains of Oaxaca have evidenced the existence of a vicariant speciation pattern, where one species occupies the northern mountain system and the other one the southern mountain range. A study of this possible vicariant specia...
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The Onthophagus anthracinus Harold, 1873 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Onthophagini) species complex of the Onthophagus landolti Harold, 1880 species group is established and analysed. A new species, O. etlaensis, is described from this group. Onthophagus mextexus Howden and Cartwright, 1970 is considered a valid species and O. knulli Ho...
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El Golfo de California (GC) forma parte de la región xerofítica templada de Norteamérica, donde se concentra la mayor diversidad de abejas del continente. En el GC existe más de un centenar de islas e islotes, divididos en tres grupos: las islas del norte, las islas centrales o Midriff, y las islas del sur. La vegetación entre islas es relativament...
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The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is a non-native species in America that has great economic importance for crop pollination and honey exports but also is a strong competitor for the native bees. Wild colonies of honey bees may particularly impact the native bee fauna on islands negatively by competing for limited nectar and pollen resources. The sout...
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The poultry red mite (PRM) is an obligatory hematophagous pest that causes substantial economic losses in poultry worldwide. PRM does not live on the host but in the bird’s environment and must find its host remotely. Hence, manipulating chicken odors is of interest. Several crude plant-originating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have already bee...
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Onthophagus howdeni Zunino and Halffter was originally described from two male specimens collected in Oaxaca, Mexico. Thirty years later, this species is collected again in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, the previously unknown female is described, and information about its biology is given. Onthophagus zapotecus Zunino and Halffter was originally desc...
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Dentro de la familia de las cactáceas existe un gran número de especies que han desarrollado una relación mutualista con hormigas a través de estructuras extraflorales dedicadas exclusivamente a la producción de néctar. En esta interacción las hormigas visitan la plantas para obtener alimento y actúan agresivamente hacia los herbívoros que intentan...
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The community of Tlahuitoltepec, in the Sierra Mixe of Oaxaca, is losing Traditional Ecological Knowledge due to socially driven changes in its natural environment. Mixe is one of the 69 indigenous languages spoken in Oaxaca, and is spoken almost exclusively in Tlahuitoltepec. Using an ethnographic approach, with loosely structured interviews among...
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The genus Gonaphodioides Dellacasa, Dellacasa, & Gordon, 2012 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Aphodiini) was created for seven species distributed in Mesoamerica and South America. Subsequently, G. cartwrighti Dellacasa, Dellacasa, & Gordon, 2013 was described from El Salvador (Dellacasa et al. 2013).
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Beta diversity is often a dominant characteristic in mountain systems and naturally fragmented ecosystems. However, natural protected areas are traditionally designed to protect ecosystems with high alpha and low beta diversity. Recent information about dung beetles of the Transmexican Volcanic Belt was used to identify the most suitable strategy f...
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The Poultry Red Mite (PRM), Dermanyssus gallinae, is an obligate blood-sucking ectoparasite of economic importance in layer farms. Increasing acaricide resistance and strengthening of environmental policies make PRM control challenging and require alternative control tools. Whilst the general life cycle and habits of PRM are well established, deter...
Patent
COMPOSITION ANTI-ACARIENS. L'invention concerne une composition comprenant du (E)-non-2-enal, de l'acide nonanoïque, de l'octanal, du nonanal, et de l'oct-1-en-3-ol.
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Beta diversity is often a dominant characteristic in mountain systems and naturally fragmented ecosystems. However, the dominant models of natural protected areas were traditionally designed without considering beta diversity and complementarity. We used recent information about dung beetles of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt to identify the divers...
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Insect diversity patterns of high mountain ecosystems remain poorly studied in the tropics. Sampling dung beetles of the subfamilies Aphodiinae, Scarabaeinae, and Geotrupinae was carried out at four volcanoes in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) in the Mexican transition zone at 2,700 and 3,400 MASL, and on the windward and leeward sides. Samp...
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An analysis of vicariant speciation of Geotrupes and Phanaeus (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae, Scarabaeidae) from the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico is undertaken. The new species of dung beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Oaxaca, Mexico, Phanaeusdionysiussp. n. is described. Photos of the habitus and a distribution map are provided. Phanaeusmalyi Arnaud...
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An analysis of vicariant speciation of Geotrupes and Phanaeus (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae, Scarabaeidae) from the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico is undertaken. The new species of dung beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Oaxaca, Mexico, Phanaeus dionysius sp. n. is described. Photos of the habitus and a distribution map are provided. Phanaeus malyi Arn...
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A new American Onthophagus of the chevrolati species-group is described (Onthophagus bolivari sp. nov.), providing also identification keys to the aztecus complex. Dorsal habitus and genital structures of the new species are illustrated. The relationships and geographical distribution of the aztecus complex are discussed, giving particular attentio...
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Members of Geomyphilus are associated with rodent burrows, such as pocket gophers and prairie dogs. In Mexico, they are found in the mountains of the Mexican Volcanic Belt and in Sierra Madre Oriental. Our study aims to initiate the exploration of the dispersal modes of Geomyphilus pierai and Geomyphilus barrerai from burrows of pocket gophers. In...
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EMBL accession numbers of beetle DNA sequences
Thesis
La faune des bousiers des hautes montagnes du Mexique a été encore très peu étudiée. Des travaux ponctuels avaient été réalisés pour certaines montagnes, mais une analyse approfondie et simultanée de plusieurs massifs montagneux n'avait jamais été faite auparavant, en particulier avec une double approche, écologique et historique. Les chaînes monta...
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In the general frame of studies on phoretic behavior and consequences on fauna and diversity, the authors have studied the Mexicans macrochelids (Acari, Macrochelidae) phoriont of dung beetles in high altitudes (1700-3500 m). On the 1483 dung beetles collected, solely forty individuals, belonging to large beetle species, were found with mites attac...
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In this study we establish the biogeographical affinities of the Scarabaeoidea dung beetle fauna in the dry southeast of the Mexican Plateau and analyze species diversity and how it changes with site, soil and vegetation type. Beetles were systematically captured in 6 windows in the region between Perote, Veracruz and El Seco, Puebla. A total of 9...
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In this study we establish the biogeographical affinities of the Scarabaeoidea dung beetle fauna in the dry southeast of the Mexican Plateau and analyze species diversity and how it changes with site, soil and vegetation type. Beetles were systematically captured in 6 windows in the region between Perote, Veracruz and El Seco, Puebla. A total of 9...

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