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Species Xeropsamobeus acerbus

Xeropsamobeus acerbus (Horn) - Xeropsamobeus acerbus
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 Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Aphodiini
Genus Xeropsamobeus
Species acerbus (Xeropsamobeus acerbus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xeropsamobeus acerbus (Horn)
Orig. Comb: Aphodius acerbus Horn 1887
Explanation of Names
acerb - Latin for 'bitter, sour' (1)
10 Nearctic spp. of Xeropsamobeus n. of Mex. (2)
3 mm (BG data)
Provisional Texas endemic. This species will likely be found in Louisiana. Horn (1887) gave the type locality as "Texas, probably near San Antonio." Riley & Wolfe (2003) examined specimens from Brazos, Freestone and Mclennan counties. (3)
Found in sandy soil (2) in asso. with the Texas leaf cutting ant, Atta texana (Buckley) (3)
Probably detritivore (2)
Life Cycle
The specimens examined were taken during the winter months in unbaited pit-fall traps placed on and around the margins of Atta texana nests (3)
Print References
Gordon, R.D., and P.E. Skelley. 2007. A monograph of the Aphodiini inhabiting the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 79: 580 pp.
Horn, G.H. 1887. A monograph of the Aphodiini inhabiting the United States. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 14: 1-110.
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.A Monograph of the Aphodiini Inhabiting the United States and Canada (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae:Aphodiini)
Robert D. Gordon & Paul E. Skelley. 2007. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute.
3.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.