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Genus Onthophagus

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Onthophagini
Genus Onthophagus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in (1); updates in (2)
Explanation of Names
Onthophagus Latreille 1802
37 spp. in our area, 130 in the New World, >1500 total(3) ―the largest genus of the family
our spp. 2.5―8.0 mm(3)
males often with variously adorned heads/pronota
key to spp. in (1)
Life Cycle
Adults dig a tunnel under the dung supply for the larvae; some species utilize carrion or fungi(4)
Works Cited
1.Scarab beetles of the genus Onthophagus Latreille north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Howden H.F., Cartwright O.L. 1963. Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. 114: 1-135.
2.The establishment of the Onthophagus anthracinus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) species complex and the description of a new species
Arriaga-Jiménez A., Escobar-Hernández F., Rös M., Kohlmann B. 2020. Can. Entomol. 152: 1-17.
3.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
4.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.