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Species Ataenius platensis

Ataenius platensis (Blanchard) - Ataenius platensis BG2697 E6390 - Ataenius platensis BG2697 E6390 - Ataenius platensis Ataenius platensis Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Ataenius platensis Ataenius platensis (Blanchard) - Ataenius platensis Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Ataenius platensis Aphodiine Dung Beetle - Ataenius platensis
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 Eupariini
Genus Ataenius
Species platensis (Ataenius platensis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ataenius platensis (Blanchard)
Orig. Comb: Oxyomus platensis Blanchard 1846
Size
Length 3–5 mm - Smith & Skelley, 2007
Identification

"(I) won't hazard a guess without close study of the specimen. Members of [the aequalis-platensis] group can be difficult at the best of times."
… Paul Skelley, 23 February, 2011
Range
CA-FL-NC-IN to Argentina / W. Indies (1)(Skelley 2008)
Food
Adults are occasionally collected in cow dung, but that may not be the preferred larval food. - Smith & Skelley, 2007
Remarks
Adults are attracted to lights and the species is often extremely abundant in collections. - Smith & Skelley, 2007
There seems to be a connection between human activities and the abundance of this species. - Smith & Skelley, 2007
Print References
Smith, A.B.T. and P.E. Skelley. 2007. A review of the Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1458: 1-80.
Internet References
Works Cited
1. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.