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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Ataenius

One day after the first monsoon storm, at night at the patio light - Ataenius desertus Dung beetle - Ataenius Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Ataenius strigatus Rough, brown beetle with hair - Ataenius imbricatus S48 - Ataenius spretulus Beetle - Ataenius miamii Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Ataenius platensis Scarabaeidae ? - Ataenius
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 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
Numbers
50 spp. in our area, ~190 in the New World, >300 worldwide(2)(3)
Identification

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