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Species Phanaeus difformis

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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 Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Phanaeini
Genus Phanaeus (Rainbow Scarabs)
Species difformis (Phanaeus difformis)
Explanation of Names
Phanaeus difformis LeConte 1847
Size
13-23 mm (1)
Identification

Major males, depicted, are easier to differentiate than minor males (w/ short horns) and females (w/ very short horns).

major male:
- note, colors variable

female:
Range
sc US (NM-LA-KS-CO) / ne Mex. (1)
Habitat
especially common along the coastal plains of TX and adj. LA, also along major river drainage systems (1)
Season
mostly: Apr-Oct (1)
Life Cycle
may hybridize with P. videx (1)
Remarks
much less common than P. vindex (BG data)
See Also
Phanaeus vindex MacLeay
- Range: e US to AZ
Print References
Blume, R.R. and A. Aga. 1976. Phanaeus difformis LeConte (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): clarification of published descriptions, notes on biology, and distribution in Texas. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 30(2): 199-205.
Blume, R.R. and A. Aga. 1978. Observations on ecological and phylogenetic relationships of Phanaeus difformis LeConte and Phanaeus vindex MacLeay (Coleopetera: Scarabaeidae) in North America. Southwestern Entomologist 3: 113-120.
LeConte, J.L. 1847. Fragmenta entomologica. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (2)1: 71-93.
Works Cited
1.Revision of Phanaeus MacLeay, A New World genus of scarabaeine dung beetles
Edmonds, W.D. 1994. 1994. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Contributions to Science 443.