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Dung Beetle - Sphaeridium lunatum - female

Dung Beetle - Sphaeridium lunatum - Female
Richmond Hill, York Region, Ontario, Canada
July 28, 2007
Size: 7 mm
Found around a dryish pile of dung (probably a dog's, left by some irresponsible dog owner). A smooth, shiny black with white elyral apices. I'm not sure where this should go as I'm unfamiliar with the Scarabaeoidea, so if someone can give me some direction, that would be greatly appreciated.

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Dung Beetle - Sphaeridium lunatum - female Dung Beetle - Sphaeridium lunatum

Moved from Sphaeridium.
Guide page erected, ID is safe enough to do so.


To be identified with doubt only . . .
in females (like this one). 3 Spp. according to Nearctica. Size of this one excludes S.bipustulatum, red humeral spots lacking suggests S.lunatum (but only suggests . . .)

What would you suggest I do?
Should I move these images up to genus level? How did you tell the gender?

New information
I had a look in the key (all species concerned are holarctic):
S.bipustulatum: 4-5.5mm, humeral spots absent to present
S.scarabaeoides: 6-7.5mm, humeral spots present and well defined
S.lunatum: 6-7.5mm, humeral spots ill defined to absent

So, in this specimen, we can tell for sure, even it is a female!
Males have the claw segment of front tarsi much enlarged.

Thanks for the info!
I doublechecked with the actual specimen and it definitely lacks humeral spots. Size (I remeasured) is correct at 7 mm, thus that excludes bipustulatum like you said. So, looks like we have S. lunatum here. Thanks for taking the time to check with the key!

Now, how did I miss those antennae?! Thanks for the correction, Phillip.
Moved from Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles.

nope, but
you're not the first to think so - go here.

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