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Genus Aphodius

Dung beetle - Aphodius distinctus Scarab on Leaf - Aphodius terminalis Aphodius vandykei Aphodiine Dung Beetle? - Aphodius badipes Aphodius (Tetraclipeoides) formidatus Gordon - Aphodius formidatus Aphodius ( Melanopterus ) prodromus - Aphodius prodromus Dung Beetle - Aphodius granarius huge aphodiine at light in pine plantation near upland pine habitat - Aphodius laevigatus
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 Aphodiini
Genus Aphodius
Other Common Names
Pasture Cockchafers
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Recently split into many genera (1), treated as subgenera here until such time that they become more widely accepted/used. See current list of (sub)genera and species.
Explanation of Names
Aphodius Illiger 1798
See list.
Almost half of native North American species are endocoprids of burrowing rodents. In eastern NA forest, about half of native species feed on deer droppings, and those that feed on cattle droppings are introduced from Europe. Endocoprids are copraphages in which both adult and larval forms live in droppings. (Hanski 1987)
Print References
Godwin W.B. (2002) Cospeciation between Geomys pocket gophers (Rodentia, Geomyidae) and their Aphodius inquilines (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Ph.D. Dissertation. TAMU, College Station. 384 pp.
Works Cited
1.A Monograph of the Aphodiini Inhabiting the United States and Canada (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae:Aphodiini)
Robert D. Gordon & Paul E. Skelley. 2007. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute.