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Species Hybosorus roei

Hybosorus illigeri Reiche - Hybosorus roei Scarab - Hybosorus roei Hybosorus illigeri Reiche - Hybosorus roei Hybosoridae in eastern states - Hybosorus roei Black Scarab - Hybosorus roei Hybosorus illigeri - Hybosorus roei Hybosorus illigeri - Hybosorus roei Scavenger Scarab Beetle - Hybosorus roei
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 Hybosoridae (Scavenger Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Hybosorinae (Scavenger Scarab Beetles)
Genus Hybosorus
Species roei (Hybosorus roei)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hybosorus carolinus LeConte 1848
Hybosorus illigeri Reiche 1853 -- widely used name until recently; see ICZN Opinion 2230 (2009)
Explanation of Names
Hybosorus roei Westwood 1845
7-9 mm(1)
Antenna distinctive with a 3-segmented club in which the basal antennomere of the club is hollowed out to receive the last two antennomeres(2)
Comparison to other scarabaeoid antennae here.
native to, and widespread in the Old World (so. Europe to India & most of Africa)(3), adventive and the New World, widespread in the Neotropics and so. US north to VA-KS-CA(1)
reported from turf in golf courses(2)
Adults feed on both invertebrate and vertebrate carrion in early stages of decomposition(2)
Life Cycle
Larva described in Grebennikov (2004)(4)
Attracted to lights; introduced into the US from Europe prior to the 1840's(2)
Print References
Ocampo F.C. (2002) Hybosorids of the United States and expanding distribution of the introduced species Hybosorus illigeri (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Hybosoridae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 95: 316-322. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.The Scarab Beetles of Florida
Robert Woodruff. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
4.Larvae of Ceratocanthidae and Hybosoridae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea): study of morphology, phylogenetic analysis...
Grebennikov V.V., Ballerio A., Ocampo F.C., Scholtz C.H. 2004. Systematic Entomology 29: 524–543.