Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Fall Fund Drive

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Genus Ataenius

Dung beetle - Ataenius spretulus Small, reddish-black beetles - Ataenius dung beetle - Ataenius Dung Roller? - Ataenius Aphodiine Dung Beetle? - Ataenius aphodiine from dung in gopher tortoise burrow - Ataenius Beetle - Ataenius Aphodiinae - Aphodiine Dung Beetles? - Ataenius gracilis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Eupariini
Genus Ataenius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Recently split into a number of genera(1)
Explanation of Names
Ataenius Harold 1867
Numbers
50 spp. in our area, ~190 in the New World, >300 worldwide(2)(3)
Identification

key to spp. in(4)
Range
worldwide, incl. most of NA; in our area, markedly more diverse in e. & s. US(2)
Habitat
organic accumulations along margins of open sands, leaf litter, ant/packrat nests, old mammal dung, etc. A. spretulus, the 'black turfgrass ataenius', is reported as a turf pest(2)
Food
Mostly detritivores, some specialize on dung(5)
Remarks
common at lights(2)