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Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus

Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus
Monahans State Park, Ward County, Texas, USA
August 18, 1990
Det. MJ Paulsen, 2010

spmn in the UTIC, Austin, TX

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Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus

Moved

Moved
Moved from Ochodaeus.

Ochodaeidae...
After a recent (2007?) revision by M. J. Paulsen, there are no longer true Ochodaeus in North America. Would need shots of pygidium and other diagnostic features (which I cannot think of at the top of my head :) for a genus-level ID.

 
Very true!
But in this case the pronotum is modified behind the eyes, mandibles are externally angulate, hindlegs aren't expanded, and there's a horn = Cucochodaeus sparsus. Unfortunately as you've noted, most species aren't this easy to ID with photographs.

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