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Genus Ataenius

Dung beetle? - Ataenius strigatus Black scarab - Ataenius Grain Beetle - Ataenius gracilis Ataenius imbricatus Scarab - Ataenius Ataenius Tiny Black Beetle - Ataenius Ataenius fattigi
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
50 spp. in our area, ~190 in the New World, >300 worldwide(2)(3)

key to spp. in(4)
worldwide, incl. most of NA; in our area, markedly more diverse in e. & s. US(2)
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)
Mostly detritivores, some specialize on dung(5)
common at lights(2)