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Genus Melanocanthon

Beetle - Melanocanthon nigricornis Melanocanthon sp - Melanocanthon granulifer prob Melanocanthon - Melanocanthon bispinatus Melanocanthon sp. - Melanocanthon granulifer 1004W01 - Melanocanthon nigricornis 1004W01 - Melanocanthon nigricornis 1004W01 - Melanocanthon nigricornis Melanocanthon
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 Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Canthonini
Genus Melanocanthon
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanocanthon Halffter 1958
four spp., all North American
The combination of quadridentate (four teeth) clypeus and most importantly the hind tibiae with two terminal spurs
(unique among the Scarabaeinae) will differentiate this genus.
M. bispinatus - east coast, New York to Mississippi
M. punctaticollis - Florida
M. granulifer - southern coast, Florida to Texas
M. nigricornis - central states from Michigan to Texas, west to Nebraska.
Varied, from fungi to dung of small mammals and other invertebrates
Print References
Harpootlian P.J. (1995) Notes and records of Scarabaeidae from the southeastern United States. Coleopterists Bulletin 49(3): 280. (info on M. bispinatus)
Williams A.H., Kriska N. (2002) Notes on the biology of Melanocanthon nigricornis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Great Lakes Entomologist 34(1): 129-131.
For particular species:
M. bispinatus (1)(2)
M. granulifer (2)
M. nigricornis (3)
M. punctaticollis (2)
Works Cited
1.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
2.The Scarab Beetles of Florida
Robert Woodruff. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
3.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.