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tiny beetle of some kind - Aphodius militaris

tiny beetle of some kind - Aphodius militaris
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
September 2, 2008
Size: ~5mm.
Came to black light last night. (live oak/chaparral habitat).

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tiny beetle of some kind - Aphodius militaris tiny beetle of some kind - Aphodius militaris

Moved from Aphodius.

A. (Cinacanthus) militaris LeConte, 1858
Paul Skelley det.
NOTE: of course, Dr. Skelley used in his IDs newly erected genera, but I took the liberty to parenthesize them the old way as subgenera only for consistency with the classification still used in the guide. -- v.b.

Thank you v belov & Dr. Skelley
for the species ID.

need to see a bit more
If the front legs and head were more visible it would be a bit easier, but a best guess would be Aphodius (Cinacanthus) militaris. It is unbelievably common in California. The genus/subgenus has rather drastic foretibial teeth, and I think I can just make them out in the photo.

Yes ...
you can see the foretibia in this series. I saw enough detail in those shots to make that ID.

Thank you Dr. Harpootlian & Dr. Paulsen
for the tentative species ID. I've added another photo of a different specimen, which shows the foretibia a little better, maybe enough to help with ID. If another specimen appears at the black light tonight, I'll try for better photo of the foretibia, now that I know it is an important character.


Aphodius ( ) ...
To genus is easy, any further is problematic from a photo, unless someone like D. Haines actually recognizes it.

Thank you Phillip
for the genus ID.

Bummer part
is that with Gordon's revision of Aphodius, the only North American species still in that genus is A. fimetarius

Yes, but ...
The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska, 2008 (1) used most of those genera as subgenera, so not as disruptive as could be.

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