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Genus Platytomus

Platytomus atlanticus Small brown scarab.... - Platytomus Small brown scarab.... - Platytomus Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Platytomus Tiny Beetle - Platytomus Aphodiinae - Platytomus Aphodiinae - Platytomus Aphodiine - Platytomus
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 Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Psammodiini
Genus Platytomus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pleurophorus in the older NA literature
Explanation of Names
Platytomus Mulsant 1842
Numbers
6 spp. in our area(1)
Size
1.8-3.3 mm(2), among the smallest scarabs in the New World (Smith & Skelley 2007)
Range
Widespread in New World, Africa, Eurasia(2)
Print References
Cartwright O.L. (1948) The American species of Pleurophorus (Coleopera: Scarabaeidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 74: 131–145.
Pittino R., Mariani G. (1986) Revision of the Old World species of the genus Diastictus Muls. and its allies (Platytomus Muls., Pleurophorus Muls., Afrodiastictus n. gen., Bordatius n. gen.) (Coleoptera, Aphodiidae, Psammodiini). Giornale Italiano di Entomologie 3: 1–165.
Smith A.B.T., Skelley P.E. (2007) A review of the Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1458: 1-80.
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Skelley P.E. (2008) Aphodiinae. In: Generic guide to New World scarab beetles