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Subfamily Bolboceratinae

Earth Boring Dung Beetle - Odonteus obesus Geotrupid - Bolbocerastes regalis - female Scarab Beetle - Odonteus obesus - female Scarabaeidae - Odonteus Orange/brown/black beetle - Bolbocerosoma Odonteus thoracicornis Wallis - Odonteus thoracicornis Fancy Dung Beetle - B. farctum? - Bolbocerosoma Ochodaeidae?  - Odonteus
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 Geotrupidae (Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Bolboceratinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
From Bolboceras Kirby 1819 (a junior synonym of Odonteus)
Explanation of Names
Bolboceras - Greek for 'bulb' + 'horn' (1)
Numbers
ca. 40 spp. in 7 genera n. of Mex. (2) (>300 spp. in 13 genera worldwide)
Identification
antennae with 11 segments, last 3 forming a club
eyes partially or completely divided by a canthus
Range
worldwide, incl. most of our area (2)
Food
adults feed on fungi; larvae of some genera (Eucanthus, Bolboceras, Bolbocerosoma), on fine humus formed into a brood ball (2)
Print References
Cartwright, O. 1953. Scarabaeid beetles of the genus Bradycinetulus and closely related genera in the United States. Proceedings of the United States national Museum. Washington 103(3318): 95-120. (Full text)
Howden, H.F. 1955. Biology and taxonomy of North American beetles of the Subfamily Geotrupidae with revisions of the genera Bolbocerosoma, Eucanthus, Geotrupes, and Peltotrupes (Scarabaeidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 104: 151-319.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.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.