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Species Ataenius hesperius

Ataenius hesperius Ataenius hesperius Cartwright - Ataenius hesperius Ataenius hesperius Cartwright - Ataenius hesperius
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 hesperius (Ataenius hesperius)
Explanation of Names
Ataenius hesperius Cartwright, 1974
Size
3.4-4.1 mm (1)
Identification
very closely similar to A. texanus; however, the pronotum is more uniformly punctuate with fewer fine punctures anteriorly at middle and the deep suture between the 4th and 5th sterna decreases in width at sides. Its distribution is farther west than that of A. texanus.
Range
mostly: CA-TX, scattered records: LA-SD-CO (2)
Cartwright (1974) recorded this species from Colorado, Dallas, Duval, Travis, Uvalde and Victoria counties in Texas, however Riley and Wolfe (2003) were unable to recognize this species among the spmns they examined. (3)
Season
Feb-Oct (2)
Life Cycle
Comes to lights, life history unknown (1)
Remarks
Type Locality: Arizona: Huachuca Mts., Sunnyside Canyon, 8 August 1970, Karl Stephan.
Print References
Cartwright, O.L. 1974. Ataenius, Aphotaenius, and Pseudataenius of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 154: 1-106.
Internet References
Ataenius - Skelley 2008
Works Cited
1.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
2.Ataenius, Aphotaenius, and Pseudataenius of the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae)
Oscar L. Cartwright. 1974. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 154.
3.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.