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Genus Onthophilus

Histerid - Onthophilus intermixtus Histerid - Onthophilus intermixtus Onthophilus sp. - Onthophilus lecontei Onthophilus sp - Onthophilus alternatus Onthophilus... - Onthophilus nodatus Onthophilus nodatus Onthophilus alternatus (Say 1825) - Onthophilus alternatus Onthophilus kirni Ross 1944 - Onthophilus kirni
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)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Onthophilinae
Genus Onthophilus
Explanation of Names
Onthophilus Leach 1817
16 spp. in our area(1), ~40 total
much of the Holarctic Region
some are obligate and specialized inhabitant of rodent burrows, other occur in various situations typical for histerids (dung, carrion, tree wounds, rotten fungi, etc.)(1)
adult activity and reproduction coincides with cooler season(1)
adults are filter feeders(1)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.