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Genus Copris

Rhinoceros Beetle - Copris minutus - male Copris remotus LeCont - Copris remotus Dung beetle - Copris minutus Copris Dung Beetle - Copris fricator Dung Beetle - Copris Horned Black Beetle - Copris Rhinoceros Beetle? - Copris fricator Dung Beetle - Copris
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 Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Coprini
Genus Copris
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author is Geoffroy 1762
Explanation of Names
kopros (κοπρος) - Greek for 'dung'
Numbers
14 spp. in our area (28 in the New World, ca. 200 worldwide) (1)
Range
widespread in N. Amer., more diverse in the south
Remarks
they bury dung near the source, and do not roll it far
Print References
Harpootlian (2001) (2)
Matthews, E.G. 1961. A revision of the genus Copris Muller of the Western Hemisphere (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Entomologica Americana 41: 1-139.
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.