Jorge Ari Noriega

Main research interest

I am a community ecologist working in functional ecology. I use dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) as an indicator tool to quantify ecosystem services and environmental impact caused by humans in different bioregions. My research include other topics like alfa and beta diversity, fragmentation, connectivity, biogeographic patterns, effect of invasive species, and animal behavior. I am also interested in immature stages of Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae dung beetles from the Paleartic and Neotropical regions.


Jorge Ari Noriega


Jorge Ari Noriega
Department of Biogeography and Global Change
National Museum of Natural Science (CSIC)
C/José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2
28006 – Madrid
T: +34 914111328




Publications dealing with Coleoptera


Noriega, J.A. (2016). First report of Latrodectus geometricus Koch (Araneae: Theridiidae) as a predator of Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterist Bulletin, 70(2): 407-408.

Noriega, J.A. (2015). How a locality can have so many species? A case study with dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in a tropical rain forest in Colombia. 175-204 pp. Chapter 7. In: Beetles: Biodiversity, Ecology and Role in the Environment. Ed. Camilla Stack. Nova Science Publisher, Inc.

Noriega, J.A. & J.L. Navarrete-Heredia. (2013). Quantification of predation on the dung beetle Canthidium cupreum (Blanchard) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) by Leistotrophus versicolor (Gravenhorst) (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). The Coleopterist Bulletin, 67(2): 190-193.

Noriega, J.A. (2012). Dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) attracted to Lagothrix lagotricha (Humboldt) and Alouatta seniculus (Linnaeus) (Primates: Atelidae) dung in a colombian amazon forest. Psyche, 437589: 1-6.

Noriega, J.A. & A. Acosta. (2011). Population size and dispersal of Sulcophanaeus leander (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on riverine beaches in the Amazonian region. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27: 111-114.

Noriega, J.A. & J.S.H. Lee. (2010). Predation on Onthophagus rutilans Sharp (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) by Dindymus albicornis (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae). Boletin de la Sociedad Entomologica Aragonesa, 46: 609-610.

Noriega, J.A., F.G. Horgan, T.H. Larsen & G. Valencia. (2010). Records of an invasive dung beetle species, Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in Peru. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.), 25(2): 451-456.

Noriega, J.A., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Sandoval-Mojica, F.G. Horgan, J.I. Blanco, G. Valencia, L.C. Pardo & A. Santibañez. (2009). New records and distributional range extension for Phanaeus haroldi Kirsch, 1871 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): a consolidation of biological and biogeographic information. Lambillionea, 109(4): 403-414.

Noriega, J.A., J.M. Rengifo & F.Z. Vaz-de-Mello. (2008). First report of the genus Tetramereia Klages, 1907 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Phanaeini) in Colombia – notes to its distribution. Biota Colombiana, 9(1): 131-133.

Noriega, J.A. (2004). Preliminary checklist of the scarab community (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) at CIEM, Tinigua National Partk, Meta – Colombia. Field Studies of Fauna and Flora La Macarena, Colombia, 14: 37-44.

Noriega, J.A. (2002). First report of the presence of the genus Digitonthophagus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Colombia. Caldasia, 24(1): 213-215.

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