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Genus Trox - Hide Beetles

Trox sonorae LeConte - Trox sonorae Trox laticollis - male Beetle - Trox - female hide beetle - Trox unistriatus Trox plicatus Trox robinsoni Trox - Trox sonorae Coleoptera 6 - Trox
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Trogidae (Hide Beetles)
Genus Trox (Hide Beetles)
Other Common Names
Skin Beetles
Explanation of Names
Trox Fabricius 1775
Greek τρωξ from τρωγειν 'gnaw'(1)
24 spp. in our area(2)(3)(4), ~120 spp. (in 3 subgenera) total(5)
3-12 mm
keys to spp. in(2)(6)(7)
nearly cosmopolitan (80% of spp. in Eurasia & Africa), incl. most of NA(5)(7)(8)
on owl pellets, carrion, hides, etc.
skin, feathers, etc.
Life Cycle
Associated with bird nests, carrion, etc.
Works Cited
1.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
2.A revision of the genus Trox in North America (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)
Vaurie P. 1955. Bull. AMNH 106: 1-89.
3.Two new species of Trox from Florida (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)
Vaurie P., Howden H.F. 1957. American Museum novitates 1818: 1-6.
4.Trox paulseni (Coleoptera: Trogidae), a new species from Nebraska and Kansas, USA
Ratcliffe B. 2016. Insecta Mundi 0482: 1-6.
5.Checklist and bibliography of the Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea)
Zidek J. 2013. Insecta Mundi 0314: 1-38.
6.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
7.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
8.New distribution records of North American Trox (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Vaurie P. 1958. Col. Bull. 12: 43-46.