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Aphodiinae - Aegialia latispina

Aphodiinae - Aegialia latispina
Long Beach, Pacific County, Washington, USA
September 4, 2011
Size: 5 mm
Sandy beach. Would be great to get a name for this small scarab. Thanks in advance!

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Moved from Aegialia.

thanks all, guys
Moved from ID Request.

Aegialia sp.
With the mandibles visible in anterior view, this can only be Aegialia. Using Gordon and Cartwright's 1988 revision, it appears to be Aegialia latispina LeConte, which is reported from Washtington. It is either A. latispina, or A. crassa which has reduced pronotal punctures. The pictures seem to have very distinct pronotal punctation.

Aegialia latispina LeConte
Paul, I like your comments a lot! Thanks for all your explanations!
This specimen has very distinct pronotal punctation for sure. So, I'm assuming we could move it up to Aegialia latispina page then.

I'm guessing Psammodius or similar
see here Note that this is only a ballpark guess and not a positive Id.

is wrong for Psammodius...Somebody in the aphodiine tribe though...

My first guess was...
Tesarius oregonensis, but I have never seen this species before.

examination of actual specimen, I won't be able to venture a guess even to genus....If you still have the specimen or duplicates and could get get it sent to me, there could be a chance. Dr. Robert Gordon revised the aphodiines and is a good friend of mine here in ND.

Thanks a lot for your great offer!
Unfortunately, I have just one specimen of this species in my collection, but if I'll get some duplicates that would be very interesting to me.

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