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Genus Trox - Hide Beetles

Trox aequalis - male Hide Beetle - Trox capillaris Hide Beetles, Trogidae, Trox Sp. - Trox capillaris Rough Beetle - Trox Trox sp. - Trox unistriatus Hide Beetle - Trox gemmulatus Omorgus? - Trox sonorae Trox? - Trox
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 Trogidae (Hide Beetles)
Genus Trox (Hide Beetles)
Other Common Names
Skin Beetles
Explanation of Names
Trox Fabricius 1775
Greek τρωξ from τρωγειν 'gnaw'(1)
23 spp. in our area (2)(3)(4), (~120 spp. (in 3 subgenera) worldwide) (5)
3-12 mm
keys to spp. in Vaurie (1955, 1957, 1958) (2)(6)(7)
nearly cosmopolitan (80% of spp. in Eurasia & Africa), incl. most of N. Amer. (5)(7)
on owl pellets, carrion, hides, etc.
skin, feathers, etc.
Life Cycle
Associated with bird nests, carrion, etc. Presumably larvae feed on skin, feathers, and the like.
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. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 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.New distribution records of North American Trox (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Vaurie P. 1958. The Coleopterists Bulletin 12: 43-46.
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.