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Genus Canthon - Tumblebugs

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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 Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Deltochilini
Genus Canthon (Tumblebugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
reviewed in Robinson (1948)(1)
Explanation of Names
Canthon Hoffmannsegg 1817
from Greek canthon (κανθων), a pack-ass(2), applied humorously in Aristophanes (Peace) to a beetle
19 spp. in 3 subgenera in our area(3), ~180 total(4)
our species:
Canthon (Canthon) chalcites (Haldeman 1843)
Canthon (Canthon) cyanellus cyanellus LeConte 1859
Canthon (Canthon) floridanus Brown 1946
Canthon (Canthon) humectus (Say 1832)
Canthon (Canthon) imitator Brown 1946
Canthon (Canthon) indigaceus LeConte 1866
Canthon (Canthon) obliquus Horn 1894
Canthon (Canthon) pilularius (Linnaeus 1758)
Canthon (Canthon) vigilans LeConte 1858
Canthon (Boreocanthon) depressipennis LeConte 1859
Canthon (Boreocanthon) ebenus (Say 1823)
Canthon (Boreocanthon) lecontei Harold 1868
Canthon (Boreocanthon) melanus Robinson 1948
Canthon (Boreocanthon) mixtus Robinson 1948
Canthon (Boreocanthon) praticola LeConte 1859
Canthon (Boreocanthon) probus (Germar 1824)
Canthon (Boreocanthon) puncticollis LeConte 1866
Canthon (Boreocanthon) simplex LeConte 1857
Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) viridis (Palisot de Beauvois 1805)
4-21 mm
New World, mostly neotropical
Adults on dung and carrion
Spring through summer
image-based species identiication is rather difficult
Works Cited
1.A Review of the species of Canthon inhabiting the United States (Scarabaeidae: Coleoptera)
Mark Robinson . 1948. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, Vol. 74, No. 2, pp. 83-100 .
2.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
3.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.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)