Adaptive Mechanisms and Evolution                      
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François FEER

Team Manager BIOTROP
Email address :
Phone number : +33 (0)1 60 47 92 03

Laboratoire d'Ecologie
1 avenue du petit château
91800 Brunoy

Research :
     Structure of the assemblage of coprophagous and necrophagous Scarabaeinae in the forest of French Guiana: specific diversity, life traits, functional groups, ecological separation.
Value as an indicator of disturbance: changes according to fragmentation and hedge effect.
Effects of the microclimatic factors and the diversity of vertebrates’ fauna.
Role as secondary seed dispersers: effects on regeneration dynamic, structure of the seed bank and soil biological activity.

Keywords : Coprophagy, indicator group, Scarabaeinae, secondary dispersal, Soil seed bank


Chauvet S, Feer F, Forget, P-M – 2004 - Seed fate of two Sapotaceae species in a Guianan rain forest in the context of escape and satiation hypotheses. Journal of Tropical  Ecology.20: 1-9.

Feer F, Pincebourde S – 2005 -  Diel flight activity and ecological segregation within an assemblage of tropical forest dung beetles. Journal of Tropical  Ecology. 21: 21-30.

Andresen E, Feer, F – 2005 - The role of dung beetles as secondary seed dispersers and their effect on plant regeneration in tropical rainforests. Pp. 331-349 in P.-M. Forget, J.E. Lambert, P.E. Hulme & S.B. Vander Wall (editors) Seed fate: predation, dispersal and seedling establishment. CABI publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Feer F, Hingrat Y – 2005 - Effects of forest fragmentation on a dung beetle community in French Guiana. Conservation Biology. 19 : 1103-1112.

Feer F, Cerdan P – 2006 - Variations saisonnières d’activité dans un assemblage de Coléoptères nécrophages (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) en forêt tropicale humide. Revue d'Ecologie (Terre et Vie).  16 : 247-260.

Van Vliet N, Nasi R, Emmons L, Feer F, Mbazza P, M. Bourgarel – 2007 - Evidence for the local depletion of bay duiker Cephalophus dorsalis, within the Ipassa Man and Biosphere Reserve, north-east Gabon. African Journal of Ecology. 45: 440-443.

Pouvelle S, Feer F, Ponge J- F – 2008 - Topsoil as affected by dung deposition under resting places of red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus). Pedosphere. 18: 691-698.

Feer F – 2008 - Responses of dung beetle assemblages to characteristics of rain forest edges. Ecotropica. 14: 49-62.

Théry M, Pincebourde S, Feer F – 2008 - Dusk light environment optimizes visual perception of conspecifics in a crepuscular horned beetle. Behavioral Ecology. 19: 627-634.

Pouvelle S, Jouard S, Feer F, Tully T, Ponge J-F – 2009 - The latrine effect : impact of howler monkeys on the distribution of small seeds in a tropical rain-forest soil. Journal of Tropical  Ecology. 25: 239-248.

Book : Bestiaire Amazonien (Edition Le Dilettante, 2008), récompensé par le Prix Louis Castex de l'Académie Française
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