Family Trogidae - Hide Beetles
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 Trogidae (Hide Beetles)
Other Common Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
until recently, N. Amer. workers treated this group as a subfamily of the Scarabaeidae
, and Omorgus
as a subgenus of Trox
; here we follow the classification outlined in Arnett et al. (2002)(1)
ca. 40 spp. n. of Mex. (1)(2)
, (~300 spp. in 4 genera worldwide) (3)
5.0-17.5 mm (NE spp.) (4)
Roughly sculptured, often covered with a crust of soil(5)
Trox - 3-12mm, rounded scutellum [left]
Omorgus - 9-20mm, hastate scutellum [right]
For identification, see(6)(7)(8)(4)
worldwide, rather evenly distributed between continents (3)
on carrion at late stages of decomposition, on owl pellets, in bird and mammal nests, on carnivore scat containing hair/bones; more common in drier regions (4)
Year round, at least in the South
skin, bone, hair, feathers; Trogidae are among the last scavengers to visit dry animal remains (4)
many spp. come to lights (4)
LeConte, J.L. 1854. Descriptions of the species of Trox and Omorgus inhabiting the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 7: 211-216.
|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.
|4.||The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska|
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
|7.||Two new species of Trox from Florida (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)|
P. Vaurie and H.F. Howden. 1957. American Museum novitates, no. 1818.
|8.||The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.|
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
|9.||A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America|
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
|10.||Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina|
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.