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Genus Canthon - Tumblebugs

Tumblebug - Canthon Canthon - Canthon viridis Small scarab - Canthon viridis Canthon viridis Common Tumblebug - Canthon pilularius - Canthon pilularius Canthon sp. - Canthon 3031756 scarab - Canthon imitator Beetle - Canthon chalcites
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 Deltochilini
Genus Canthon (Tumblebugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Boreocanthon is now treated as a separate genus
Explanation of Names
Canthon Hoffmannsegg 1817
from Greek canthon (κανθων), a pack-ass(1), applied humorously by Aristophanes (Peace) to a beetle
10 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(2), >160 spp. in 9 subgenera total(3) • not yet in the guide: C. (s.str.) obliquus Horn 1894
reviewed in (4)(5) • image-based species identification is rather difficult
New World, mostly neotropical
Adults on dung and carrion
Spring through summer
Works Cited
1.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
2.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.
3.Catalogue of Life
4.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 .
5.Monografía de las especies norteamericanas del género Canthon Hoffsg. (Coleopt., Scarab.)
Halffter G. 1961. Ciencia (Mexico) 20: 225–320.