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Species Aphodius rufipes - Night-flying Dung Beetle

Aphodius rufipes
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
No Taxon (Subgenus Acrossus)
Species rufipes (Night-flying Dung Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aphodius rufipes (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus rufipes Linnaeus 1758
Syn: Acrossus rufipes (Linnaeus) - current name per Smith (2009)(1) and Ratcliffe and Jameson(2)
10.5-13.0 mm(3)
a very large, uniformly dark, rather flat aphodiine with broad, nearly semicircular head and somewhat lighter legs
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(3), adventive in NA (QC-ON & e. US) & Argentina(2)(4)
earliest record in our area: TBA
comes to lights; very common in most of Europe