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Species Labarrus pseudolividus

Scarab - Labarrus pseudolividus Dung Beetle - Labarrus pseudolividus Aphodius (Labarrus) pseudolividus Balthasar - Labarrus pseudolividus Dull dung beetle - Labarrus pseudolividus Aphodius pseudolividus - Labarrus pseudolividus Pale-margined dung beetle - Labarrus pseudolividus Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetle), lateral - Labarrus pseudolividus Aphodius pseudolividus? - Labarrus pseudolividus
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 Aphodiini
Genus Labarrus
Species pseudolividus (Labarrus pseudolividus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aphodius pseudolividus Balthasar 1941
part of a worldwide species complex often lumped under A. lividus (Olivier); Stebnicka (2009) synonymized L. pseudolividus under L. cincticulus (Hope)
4–6 mm
e US to CA (CA-FL-MA-OK) (BG data). Nearly worldwide distribution. Introduced into the U.S. (1)
Adults in dung
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid singly or in groups inside dung pat.
The dwelling beetle, A. pseudolividus, does not incorporate manure into the soil but directly competes with horn flies for manure resources. (NCSU)
Dellacasa et al. (2002) presented a key to the three species of the A. lividus-complex occurring in the New World.
Aphodius pseudolividus can be the most commonly collected species in an area, adults being found in a wide variety of dung. They are frequently attracted to lights, accounting for their large numbers in collections. (Smith & Skelley 2007)
Non-native, introduced from southern South America.
Print References
Dellacasa, M., R.D. Gordon & G. Dellacasa. 2002. Aphodiinae described or recorded by Bates in Biologia Centrali-Americana (Coleoptera Scarabaeoidea: Aphodiidae). Acta Zoologica Mexicana, 86: 155–223.
Smith, A.B.T. & P.E. Skelley. 2007. A review of the Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1458: 1-80.
Works Cited
1.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.