Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xeropsamobeus acerbus (Horn)
Orig. Comb: Aphodius acerbus Horn 1887
Explanation of Names
acerb - Latin for 'bitter, sour' (1)
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
The specimens examined were taken during the winter months in unbaited pit-fall traps placed on and around the margins of Atta texana
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.