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Species Odonteus obesus

Earth Boring Dung Beetle - Odonteus obesus Odonteus obesus - female Odonteus obesus - male Scarab Beetle - Odonteus obesus - female Odonteus obesus Leconte - Odonteus obesus Earth-Boring Beetle? - Odonteus obesus - female Odonteus  - Odonteus obesus - female Geotrupidae: Odonteus obesus? - Odonteus obesus
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 Geotrupidae (Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Bolboceratinae
Genus Odonteus
Species obesus (Odonteus obesus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Odontaeus obesus Leconte 1859   (Original description)
Bolboceras obesus (genus name usage here after Cartwright 1953:101...but see the 2006 ICZN Opinion 2138 regarding the 2002 Case 3097)
Print References
Wallis, J.B. (1928) Revision of the genus Odontaeus, Dej. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Canadian Entomologist, 60(5),119–128; 60(6),151–156; 60(7),168–176. (Full Text)
Internet References
Nice images from CalPhotos
Curated images of: a male (dorsal, lateral, and ventral); and a female (dorsal, lateral, and ventral) from the Geotrupidae page of the Spencer Entomological Collection at the University of British Columbia.