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Species Ataenius stephani

Mini-Beetle - Ataenius stephani Mini-Beetle - Ataenius stephani
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 stephani (Ataenius stephani)
Explanation of Names
Ataenius stephani Cartwright, 1974
"The species is named in honor of Karl Stephan of Tucson, Arizona, who collected all the [365] specimens except one." (Cartwright, 1974)
4.8-5.8 mm (Cartwright, 1974)
CA-AZ / Mex. (Skelley 2008),(BG data)
Once a rare riparian species, it is now a turf species on irrigated lawns (P.E. Skelley, pers. comm.)
April 9 to September 19 (based on 365 spmns examined) (Cartwright, 1974)
Type Locality: Tucson, Arizona (Cartwright, 1974)
Print References
Cartwright, O.L. 1974. Ataenius, Aphotaenius, and Pseudataenius of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 154: 1-106. Full PDF